Project #11831 - composition 2

 interpret a symbol or symbols in one (or two) of the assigned poems. You may choose any poem(s) from the reading list.  Briefly introduce the poet and poem and then clarify your thesis (main claim).

 

On the Subway
     
     
       
          The boy and I face each other.
          His feet are huge, in rblack sneakers
          laced with white in a complex pattern like
          a set of intentional scars. We are stuck on
       
       
          5
          opposite sides of the car, a couple of
          molecules stuck in a rod of light
          rapidly moving through darkness. He has the
          casual cold look of a mugger,
          alert under hooded lids. He is wearing
          red, like the inside of the body
       
       
          10
          exposed. I am wearing dark fur, the
          whole skin of an animal taken and
          used. I look at his raw face,
          he looks at my fur coat, and I don’t
       
       
          15
          know if I am in his power—
          he could take my coat so easily, my
          briefcase, my life—
          or if he is in my power, the way I am
          living off his life, eating the steak
       
       
          10
          he does not eat, as if I am taking
          the food from his mouth. And he is black
          and I am white, and without meaning or
          trying to I must profit from his darkness,
          the way he absorbs the murderous beams of the
       
       
          25
          nation’s head, as black cotton
          absorbs the heat of the sun and holds it. There is
          no way to know how easy this
          white skin makes my life, this
          life he could take so easily and
       
       
          30
          break across his knee like a stick the way his
          own back is being broken, the
          rod of his soul that at birth was dark and
          fluid, rich as the head of a seedling
          ready to thrust up into any available light.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 09/04/2013 11:58 pm
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