Monday, October 17, 2005

From the Fence Around the School
by:Catherine Barnett

hang white ribbons,
letters to the dead
written down the silk.

When the rain comes
it makes no sense
but the ink doesn't bleed,

the crepe stays so flush
you'd think the fence in bloom
as you might think my sister untying

the ribbons to bring home
was only cutting flowers
from a black vine.

This poem is from the book of poems listed to do our project on. I could tell right away, as you all problably can, that its from the poet whose nieces died. The poem exhibits some very strong emotional feelings but in no way tries to make the reader feel sorry for the tragedy that occured. The introduction to the poem describes a not so often seen scene of a sort of memorial for the dead. White ribbons hanged on a fence with letters tucked between the small holes all over the fence. The author ties in this depiction and compares it to a flower bush. She states that its as if the fence was in "bloom" that is to say that all those ribbons which people have put there to show their sadness are flowers. This extended metaphor goes on as she describes her sister taking the ribbons down to take home as her actually cutting flowes off of a "black vine". The black vine is obviously the fence, but this harsh language also shows the sorrow that the authors sister must feel. Again, the poem idn't sappy and doesn't just ramble about how sad the author is. It merely depicts a single scee. The description of the scene and the words that the author uses are what fills the reader with emotional sadness. This poem is done in a great way and the metaphor of the fence to a bush in full blossom is great. A beautiful depiction, a rose coverd vine, but a sad truth to the whole thing.

2 Comments:

Blogger Sarah said...

Great reading of the poem's use of metaphor to create a sense of sadness. I'd love to see you do more with the image of the "black vine" and all the connotations it suggests.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Lilan said...

I think it's cool how you talked about the blooming in the poem and explains what it means. It's really interested how "bloom" usually is associated with life, growth, and happiness, but in this case it means sadness.

10:33 PM  

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