Sunday, November 06, 2005

Week 6 post 2

Part to Stand for Whole
By: Catherine Barnett

Expert at her puzzles, my sister
is working in broken mirror,

a thousand pieces laid out on her table.
Who looks down

fades in one fragment, is gone
in another.

When I come to visist
she leaves the best pieces out for me.

It's part of our game-her praise,
my pretending, my pretending to find them myself,

to make the broken faces swimming back at us
come whole.

Sarah has always told us to look at the literal picture in the poem first to find the "hidden" meanings and i feel that this poem is a good poem that shows this type of analyzation. The story that is taking place in this poem, literaly, is that the speakers sister is an expert at puzzles and keeps the best and most intriquet ones for the speaker to find the missing pieces and comleter the puzzle with. The odd thing is that the missing pieces are always of faces and then the speaker "pretends" to find them and makes the broken puzzle faces become whole again. That is a strange literal interprettion of the poem but the poem makes much more sense when trying to dive into the diguised meanings. There is a tone of sadness that is almost palpable in this poem and the descriptions of the puzzles can be described like lives. There is so many pieces that one "fades in one fragment and is gone in another...". The speaker pretends to find the right pieces and puts the puzzle togeather, but just the way the speaker speaks of her sister shows a pain deep within the sister. And the description of the puzzles missing pieces as faces, how finding the pieces make the "broken faces...come whole." There is something missing in the speakers sister's life and that is what comes out while reading this poem. If the reader knew nothing about this poem that is what is seen and what is visible through this very descriptive poem about nothing more than a puzzle.


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