Money By Dana Gioia Summary

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Going line by line of the poem MONEY by Dana Gioia. The first stanza, 3 lines are all syllabi for money, all different names that people usually call money. The next stanza are things that you do with money, spending it. You are either spending it or “watching it burn a hole in your pocket, so you are either spending it or itching to spend it. Stanza 3 again is using different names for money. “greenback” is another name for a dollar bill. “double eagles” is another name for a gold coin that is worth twenty dollars and so on.
Stanza 4 is about how money is necessary for life. It “holds your head above the water” and it “makes both ends meet”. “feathers a nest” means that you are
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