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A Fire-Truck Analysis

Author: poem of Richard Wilbur Type: poem Views: 28

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Right down the shocked street with a
That sends all else skittering to the
Redness, brass, ladders and hats hurl
     Blurring to sheer verb,

Shift at the corner into uproarious gear
And make it around the turn in a squall
                                              of traction,
The headlong bell maintaining sure and
     Thought is degraded action!

Beautiful, heavy, unweary, loud,
                                        obvious thing!
I stand here purged of nuance, my
                                          mind a blank.
All I was brooding upon has taken
     And I have you to thank.

As you howl beyond hearing I carry you
                                          into my mind,
Ladders and brass and all, there to
Your phoenix-red simplicity, enshrined
     In that not extinguished fire.

Submitted by Robert Fish


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| Posted on 2012-01-03 | by a guest

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The fire-truck has caught the attention of the poet by jolting him out of whatever it was he was thinking. \"My mind a blank\" implies he is now entirely attentive and open to the lesson of the emergency.

| Posted on 2011-01-06 | by a guest

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This poem is explaining the "Mind". Mind is compared to a bat (->metaphor) and it "weave and flitter, dip and soar."

| Posted on 2009-06-20 | by a guest

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