Poem Analysis' by Naomi Shihab Nye

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So Much Happiness It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness. With sadness there is something to rub against, a wound to tend with lotion and cloth. When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up, something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change. But happiness floats. It doesn't need you to hold it down. It doesn't need anything. Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing, and disappears when it wants to. You are happy either way. Even the fact that you once lived in a peaceful tree house and now live over a quarry of noise and dust cannot make you unhappy. Everything has a life of its own, it too could wake up filled with possibilities of coffee cake and ripe…show more content…
Trees. The monastery bell at twilight. Tell them you have a new project. It will never be finished. When someone recognizes you in a grocery store nod briefly and become a cabbage. When someone you haven't seen in ten years appears at the door, don't start singing him all your new songs. You will never catch up. Walk around feeling like a leaf. Know you could tumble any second. Then decide what to do with your time. This poem was really dark. However, it reminded me of memories that I’ve had before; such as parties and reunions with old friends. It really made me think twice about what may happen if I do such things in the future. In the poem “The Art of Disappearing” Nye talks about different encounters with people from your past and what to do in the situation. In the second stanza, the lines “Someone telling you in a loud voice they once wrote a poem. Greasy sausage balls on a paper plate. Then reply” (6-9) is simply making the person seem ignorant and obnoxious. The repetition of the letter “a” – assonance – in the words “greasy”(8), “sausage”(8), “balls”(8), “a”(8), “paper”(8), and “plate”(8) unifies the image of big, heart attack causing sausage balls dripping with grease, and depicts why one would not want to read a poem titled that, also implying not to waste your time on someone who would write such a thing. “Tying to remember something too important to forget” (13-14) states that the events are of importance and

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