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Cartoon Physics, Part 1 Analysis



Author: poem of Nick Flynn Type: poem Views: 21

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Children under, say, ten, shouldn't know
that the universe is ever-expanding,
inexorably pushing into the vacuum, galaxies

swallowed by galaxies, whole

solar systems collapsing, all of it
acted out in silence. At ten we are still learning

the rules of cartoon animation,

that if a man draws a door on a rock
only he can pass through it.
Anyone else who tries

will crash into the rock. Ten-year-olds
should stick with burning houses, car wrecks,
ships going down -- earthbound, tangible

disasters, arenas

where they can be heroes. You can run
back into a burning house, sinking ships

have lifeboats, the trucks will come
with their ladders, if you jump

you will be saved. A child

places her hand on the roof of a schoolbus,
& drives across a city of sand. She knows

the exact spot it will skid, at which point
the bridge will give, who will swim to safety
& who will be pulled under by sharks. She will learn

that if a man runs off the edge of a cliff
he will not fall

until he notices his mistake.


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Santa and the tooth fairy aren't real? oh my gosh you ruined my child hood!

| Posted on 2014-05-25 | by a guest


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this peot symbolizes the innosence of a child. The poets says that the child is placed in a world of imagination where he can do what ever he wants. However, when the child enters the realistic world, he is burdened with sorrow and is overcome by the angels of disparity. The last line refers to the ignorance of the adults.

| Posted on 2012-02-22 | by a guest


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this peot symbolizes the innosence of a child. The poets says that the child is placed in a world of imagination where he can do what ever he wants. However, when the child enters the realistic world, he is burdened with sorrow and is overcome by the angels of disparity. The last line refers to the ignorance of the adults.

| Posted on 2011-12-20 | by a guest


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this peo symbolizes the innosence of a child. The poets says that the child is placed in a world of imagination where he can do what ever he wants. However, when the child enters the realistic world, he is burdened with sorrow and is overcome by the angels of disparity. The last line refers to the ignorance of the adults.

| Posted on 2011-12-20 | by a guest


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Children deserve to be ignorant of adult problems and the reality of, well, real life. They deserve to be able to use their imaginations and enjoy their simplier view of the world, that they have more control over, and that they understand. However, someday \"She will learn that if a man runs off the edge of a cliff he will not fall until he notices his mistake.\" Which is a metaphor for everyday problems that adults have... they are too stubborn to see or admit their mistakes until it is too late.

| Posted on 2011-11-28 | by a guest


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I believe he\'s saying that children shouldn\'t have to face the problems that adults have to face. They should stick to simple cartoon conflicts, and things where they can be in control, like when they play with toy cars in a sandbox. It would be wrong for them to know about things that would dampen their childhood, like when(for some children) they find out that Santa or the tooth fairy doesn\'t exist.

| Posted on 2011-04-13 | by a guest


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No, I don't think so. He is saying that he would rather them stay in that cartoon world, because it protects their innocence and child ignorance.

| Posted on 2010-01-11 | by a guest


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The poem is saying he would rather children face reality, than the imaginary cartoon world.

| Posted on 2008-11-17 | by a guest




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