The poem, "Sure You Can Ask Me A Personal Question" by Diana Burns seems characterized by its use of short, concise lines and distinct punctuation. The repetition and direct answers contribute to the sense of annoyance the writer feels, but the periods signifying the end of an answer do much to show us that the writer is in no hurry to drag the discussion out. The short, punctuated answers are what one would expect of someone who was disinterested in the conversation or flat out eager for it to be over. The large amount of question marks contribute as well, standing for short questions that seem to be reflecting back to what the other participant in this discussion might be saying, indicating the questions are really more sarcastic and that the writer isn't really interested in what this person has to say. With these cues, we garner the sense of annoyance and restrained frustration from the speaker, which is understandable considering the rather stereotypical and assumptious questions being directed to her. Without this punctuation and usage, the poem may seem sincere and generally kind instead of the combination of sarcasm and forced politeness it expresses as it is.
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