Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Taking Down the Laundry

The poem Taking Down the Laundry seem a poem of desperation as well as of hope. The speaker describes how city life is dirty describing the air as "gritty" and seems in a state of desperation to escape their current situation. The speaker seems to have very little sentamental attachment to the house she lives in now saying "This house, too, has grown large around me and full of absence." The speakers true dream is to live on the prarie in Kansas where life moves slower. The speaker looks to a brighter future and literally greener pastures, in a life where they can "smile in the cooling light." This was my favorite line of the poem. It provides almost a happy ending. Although we know that the speaker is not actually in this situation, we have hope that they will one day fulfill their dream.

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