Essay on Spark by Charles Bukowski

799 Words Nov 17th, 2012 4 Pages
By Charles Bukowski Charles Bukowski is a deceased German aspired writer. His poem ‘Spark’ tells the story of a working man who feels like he’s been restricted by society’s boundaries. Falling in deep depression the man contemplates suicide; however a ‘spark’ inside of him potentially saves his life giving him hope to continue living. The poem ‘Spark’ is a reflection of Bukowski’s life as it tells of the same experiences the persona of the poem goes through compared to Bukowski. The man is familiar to “the worst kind of women, they killed what the job failed to kill” likewise with Bukowski. Bukowski also had to work in factories before emerging as a poet who is also reflected by the man and his journey from near suicide to
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“I resented each minute, every minute” – reiteration of ‘minute’ conveys that sense of time is messed up and appears to repeat itself similarly to how the man would feel when working. However, hope is also present in the poem. The man on the verge of giving up and dying, “Something in me said, go ahead, die, sleep, become as them, accept” finds the tiniest bit of hope inside of himself. Dying physically and mentally, his humanity and will retaliates against the expectations of the robotic society around him. He rebels against the system in hopes for a better future.
Hope is metaphorically represented by the ‘spark’. It emphasises that hope does not need to come in huge quantities but even the tiniest bit “can set a whole forest on fire”.
The ‘spark’ is the creativity and qualities of being human – the things that separate those depicted in the poem and those who are truly happy and alive.
A special technique used to distinguish hope from challenge in the poem is the break in consistency of ‘I’ in the 8th stanza compared to the other 7 stanzas. It emphasises the break of routine and the conformity throughout the poem. ‘The Road’ and ‘Spark’ are very different to each other in terms of content and the theme of challenge and hope.
The similarity of the two is that in both texts, the personas successfully meet the challenge with the similar hope for the future. The two texts are also very dependent on ‘luck’ as in ‘The Road’ the man and

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