Essay on Analysis Of The Book ' On Dumpster Diving '

735 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 3 Pages
All Things Trash Trash is merely the refuse of a civilization. How one observes and analyzes trash varies greatly among those who associate their literary depictions with this discarded matter. Garbage can either be seen as grimy, discarded waste. It can also be recognized as such, only on a broader scale including how a piece of litter relates to its litterer. Three of the aforementioned literary depictions have proven to be prominent representations of how three accomplished writers perceive trash, namely that which occupies dumpsters and dumps. “The Town Dump” by Howard Nemerov depicts a dump as “the city which seconds ours” in the form of a 4-stanza poem. “On Dumpster Diving” is an essay which frames trash as “a way of life” by Lars Eighner. Wallace Stegner writes about a dump as more poetic and exciting than people in “The Town Dump.” All three have in common the use of one device; figurative language. It is used to both enhance thematic and stylistic essence and convey attitude towards the subject matter. When looking at a dump for inspiration, one end of the spectrum frames a slightly more negative concept. Howard Nemerov sees, “the flies, purifying fires, the hunters by night, acquainted with the art of our necessities.” This essay, “The Town Dump,” contains a significant concentration of metaphorical descriptions such as, “Venetian land threaded with hidden canals,” which compares the dump with Venice, or, “the lobster, also, lifts an empty claw in his most…

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