Ode To My Toyota Poem Analysis

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Ode to My Toyota is a poem written and constructed by Kelle Groom that is able to relate to anyone that has sold one of their fairly old cars, and either has end up missing their old car and or knowing that their ex-car are in good hands (by the end). This particular poem is based on her 1974 Toyota that she is willing; does sell. In the poem Groom talks about the car’s appearance of how it’s practically crawling with insects, dirty beyond compare, and how it’s also falling apart from the inside out; in the making a reference towards the man that does buy her old car that is also falling apart from the inside out. She feels that her car has been one of the longest cars to ever survive without breaking down, even if the appliance within that …show more content…
With the use of long words and or broad vowel sounds such as ‘o’, ‘a’, and ‘ee’. There could also be a repetition in the use of soft constant, giving the viewer of the poem understanding Groom’s conscious reaction; drives steadily but occasionally twitching or even shaking her hair when she had noticed the bugs that would come into her car, and even the slowly growing mushroom growing under the car carpet. “The overhead light burned out, music / stopped inside the radio of my 1974 Toyota, / and still she ran, the world’s longest lasting car, / finally sold for a hundred dollars to a friend’s husband” (Ode to My Toyota. Lines 12-15). A clear example of the smoothness and steadiness of how Groom made her poem fluctuate through her past memories of selling the car. The line speaks of how even when her car is not in the best of shape, it’s still able to withhold potential and sell to another. When someone continues to use something and it is able to go through thick and thin, still working even with a few bumps and scratches. Groom displays that even with the infestation of bugs, uncleanness of Pep Power pink liquid, broke radio, etc; the car still continues to run because it still has some life left in it. Groom feels empathetic once the car is bought even for what is …show more content…
For the man appears to be as broken as the car itself. For example, in the lines: “... sold for a hundred dollars to a friend’s husband / after he’d become lost in addiction to sex, contracted / AIDS, a beautiful man with blue jewel eyes, faceted / and cracked like ice,” (Ode to My Toyota. Lines 15-18). A reference towards the poem’s theme; how the outsides of a person, and or car, can seem perfect. But the knowledge/discovery of what’s going on the inside can either alter a person’s perspective or make them see differently for the better. The man chooses this car because it is easily accessible and in a way it just like him, a symbol on how he feels or interprets his inner being. Therefore showing how Groom watching her friend’s husband drive off towards the North in her car, can cause her to be compassionate towards the both of them. Understanding and accepting the difference and symbolistic bonding the car and man share between one another. “He’d been scared at first, in the dark / gone now, wherever the car has taken him,” she writes the line, emphasizing how the symbolism between the two change man (Ode to My Toyota. Lines 25-26)

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