Cartoon Physics Analysis Essay example

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Poem Analysis “Cartoon Physics, Part 1”

Nick Flynn centers “Cartoon Physics, Part 1” around childhood innocence. He very strongly urges not only parents, but anyone around a young child to not force upon them knowledge they do not need to know. Flynn captures the simple kid mind and harsh reality with tone, imagery, figurative language, and even the form of the overall poem. There is a stark contrast between tones in the passage. In the first few lines the tone is cold; detached. The actual physics of the never-ending universe would overwhelm a child (2). They do not need to know that there are galaxies bigger than ours that are “collapsing” (5) at the very moment they eat their lunch. Facts of nature are grim and matches the emotion
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Who is to taint that with knowledge? It also says that she will learn a man won’t suffer consequences until he realizes that there are consequences (27). A person cannot know they’re wrong if they do not know what “wrong” even is in the first place. Kids will someday be an adult and have to face adult problems. They will learn that there is good and bad, they will learn not everything is as simple as they used to think.
Flynn uses a very unique writing technique known as “free verse”. There is no rhyme nor patterns within the work. Sentences collide with each other. Seemingly random spacing occurs all over the place. However, certain phrases appear to be placed separately for emphasis. Lines 6 and 7 is transitioning from the indifferent tone to a lighter one. It changes to cartoons which kids are comfortable with, rather than the vast information about the universe. The line “...earthbound, tangible, disasters, arenas...” has a sort of rhythm (14-16). Here it states that a youth can be a hero and brings the poem back into a hopeful inflection. This is the only part in the entire poem where there is rhythm. It highlights the idea that children can be the heroes. Lastly, line 27 is by itself. Since the phrase is isolated from other lines it draws focus onto it while creating a metaphor. Where a man doesn’t “notice his mistake” until it is too late. This is the too-common arrogance an adult is equipped with once they have to acknowledge they were wrong.The form of the

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