Analysis Of Gertrude Stein 's ' I Ain 't No Oxford '

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With so many rules in the English language, it is easy for one to wonder how they were created. The dictionary, for example, was only created a few hundred years ago by people who thought that was how language was supposed to be. Many artists have had the mission to go forward and break these “rules.” Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons, bill bissett’s “text bites,” and John Agard’s “I Ain’t No Oxford Don” question rules of grammar and synaptic normality. By the way, these poems disrupt words, use non-standard prose, and have ambiguous interpretations they break the rules of grammar and disrupt the formal laws of language, inducing new ways of about the how one produces meaning. Gertrude Stein was not always known as a writer. She became…show more content…
A line just distinguishes it” (Stein, p.6). While asking what is the flattering length she ends up defining it by a line. A line can only be defined by a contour or outline. It cannot be defined by actual matter. Therefore, the serene length ends up being defined by not being able to be defined. This gives readers an unending openness to interpretation and perspective. In Gertrude Stein’s “Water Raining” she leaves the reader without any certainty. Stein writes “Water is astonishing and difficult altogether makes a meadow and a stroke” (Stein, p. 10). Without the use of punctuation, the reader is able to interrupt the poem according to how one sees fit. Placing a period after “astonishing” (Stein, p. 10) makes it so the meadow and stroke are strenuous on their own. A period after “altogether” (Stein, p. 10) leave the meadow and stroke to come as an aftermath from the water. While a period after “meadow” (Stein, p. 10) gives serenity a meadow will come from water but, a stroke is an afterthought. Stein was not the only one to use visual art to make literature. bill bissett as a visual artist and writer links his worlds together. At first glance, bill bissett’s poetry seems to be hard to understand, nonsensical, and almost a fallacy. bissett’s use of synecdoche pushes the reader to reexamine how one reads a poem in the first place. The poem flows from whole to part. Particularly in "text bites” the words come across

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