Analysis Of The Poem ' Nye 's Comet By Stanley Kunitz, And Who Burns For The Perfection Of Paper

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Quite often, there are two sides to every story. Similarly, there are often several different viewpoints on any given topic. The idea of the importance of poetry is such a topic. While some may find poetry pointless and hard to follow, others stand behind such writing wholeheartedly. Naomi Shihab Nye stated, “Anyone who feels poetry is an alien or ominous force should consider the style in which human beings think. ‘How do you think?’ I ask my students. ‘Do you think in complete, elaborate sentences?... Or in flashes and bursts of images, snatches of lines leaping one to the next?’ We think in poetry. But some people pretend poetry is far away.” Nye is correct when she compares the way humans think to the way poetry is written. It is clear that Naomi Shihab Nye is correct in her statement through the study of poems such as Streets by Naomi Shihab Nye, Halley’s Comet by Stanley Kunitz, and Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper by Martín Espada. One poem that can be used to prove that the statement made by Naomi Shihab Nye is correct is Streets, by Naomi Shihab Nye. Within her statement, Nye states that human beings think in ‘...flashes and bursts...” She then ties this into the idea that poetry is written in the same way. Her poem Streets, is an exceptional example of this. “A man leaves the world/and the streets he lived on/grow a little shorter./One more window dark/in this city, the figs on his branches/will soften for birds./If we stand quietly enough evenings/there…

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