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Punctuation

posted Jan 19, 2011 16:51:56 by Dekeyser15
When the author uses periods at the end of each line, it creates a short, choppy feeling. In lines five through ten there is an average of only three or four words. With only that many words and periods after each line it definitely feels short and choppy. By using this technique however, there is also a tone that is created. When the author replies that she is not any of those tribes of Indians it seems as if she is annoyed because of the quick, short responses. I feel like this happens all throughout the poem. Other examples are "No, I don't know where you can get peyote." (28-29) and "No, I didn't major in archery." (41). I also think that the character is kind of patiently holding back some retorts and just trying to get it over with. Then finally in the end the character could not hold it back any longer and said, "This ain't no stoic look. This is my face." (44-45).
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ghostwriter500 said Jan 20, 2011 16:41:05
I think this makes a lot of sense. When I first read this poem the first thing that came to my mind was texting, when I am annoyed or frustrated I always use periods and short choppy sentences. I also agree that this tone is consistent throughout the whole poem. you can definately tell that the author is annoyed with the stupid questions. It feels like she is trying her hardest not to be cocky back to the other person.
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