English Poetry

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Assignment #1 Part A 2. What are the symbolic significances of the candy store in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's "The Pennycandystore Beyond the El" (Geddes, 318)? The candy store in "The Pennycandystore Beyond the El" is symbolic of a child's youth. This poem is referring to the fact that our childhood passes by too soon and the candy store is a reminder that we need to seize every moment to enjoy it. The pennycandystore offers as a retreat or refuge to the bad weather outside and the stresses of everyday life. It takes on the characteristics of an enchanted environment full of magic and wonder, where a child has the opportunity to enjoy their youth without any distractions. When "A girl ran in Her hair was rainy Her breasts were…show more content…
Here we become aware that the man is up at dawn regardless of the circumstances. The fourth stanza opens with, "But he found the mountain was clearly alive" (Geddes 161). This is where we begin to see the signs of paranoia and isolation setting into the man's mind. The man gives the mountain human qualities such as "feet" and the ability to fall "asleep" (Geddes 161) that further suggest he is slowly losing his mind. In stanza five the man mistakes ospreys for valkyries, "When he tried his eyes on the lake ospreys would fall like valkyries" (Geddes 161). This is a sign that the man is beginning to panic being in the bush alone and fear is taking its toll. The "valkyries" as the man sees them are "choosing the cut-throat" (Geddes 161). The man is becoming delusional and believes birds want to cut his throat. Stanza six shows us the man succumbing to the intimidating force of nature. The "moosehorned cedars circled his swamps and tossed their antlers up to the stars" (Geddes 162). The man truly believes that the wilderness around him is coming alive. He seems to think, "the winds were shaping its peak to an arrowhead" (Geddes 162), "it" meaning the mountain. The isolation the man is experiencing is enhancing his fear, which is depressing his mind, and leading to insanity. The final stanza is the man totally giving up and surrendering to nature. He is waiting "for the great flint to come singing into his heart" (Geddes
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