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I Met A Genius Analysis

Author: poem of Charles Bukowski Type: poem Views: 7

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I met a genius on the train


about 6 years old,

he sat beside me

and as the train

ran down along the coast

we came to the ocean

and then he looked at me

and said,

it's not pretty.

it was the first time I'd




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bukowski is recalling a moment that was so simple yet stood out to him in a insightful and complex way because it was a child. a child is a creature that comes into this world with not a big filter. a 6 year old for example is full of curiosity and with curiosity comes commentary and opinions. Unfiltered opinions because the social norms of an “adult”or “grown mind” hasn’t filled his abrasive and colorful mind yet. he observes that the ocean isn’t pretty. it is something that you normally don’t hear about something that we are so used to glorifying and assuming that is a beauty of nature. so used to the same automatic opinions about some tangible thing that people have subconsciously said about something because of the route. It was the first time he realized that because even if Bukowskis pessimism and raw thoughts came in about the ocean, they were interfered with the automatic reaction he is used to seeing that has been programmed within him from society’s set of judgements and preconceived notions.

| Posted on 2016-11-28 | by a guest

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When Bukowski talks to this kid he realizes his innocence and this changes his view point on life. This is also brought up in The Catcher In The Rye when Holden see a kid singing, \"if a body catch a body comiong through the rye.\" Bukowski is a little confused about life and seems as he would rather die for a noble cause rather than live for one. The same was also brought up in The Catcher In The Rye when Holden spoke with Mr. Antolini.

| Posted on 2013-03-13 | by a guest

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The first thing one might notice about almost any poem by Bukowski is that it\'s written in free verse. Bukowski wrote without meter and without rhyme. Each line is short, and cut off jaggedly. Usually Bukowski does this to emphasize the end of a though, or any word that is the main idea of a phrase. The entire first stanza of “I met a Genius” is one run-on sentence, describing the situation. The second stanza is Bukowski\'s reaction. Bukowski\'s style is unique in it\'s lack of metaphor or too much description. Despite this, he writes in a way that makes the reader feel as if they were a part of the scene described. Reading the first stanza, it\'s easy to imagine the train, the seat compartment, the landscape rushing by outside the window. Bukowski describes it as just happening “today”; like a vivid memory that, even without minute details, can be recalled with little to no effort. The last line seems to be a thought. It\'s separated in such a way that one might think, starting a new line for “realized” and “that” to put a pause before each in the reading.
The boy Bukowski call a genius is a genius because of a single statement he makes to the old man: “It\'s not pretty.” He is, of course referring to the ocean. What Bukowski values in this boy\'s opinion is just that. The young boy, only 6, has an opinion that the ocean is ugly. In all of Hank\'s years over the child, he never realized that he thought the same. The ocean is something almost never described as ugly. For some reason or another, humans accept this without much thought. We call the sea powerful or vivid or vast or magnificent, but never something detrimental. Bukowski admires the child\'s ability to describe something in a way he had never considered before.

| Posted on 2011-05-02 | by a guest

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The message is so profound that I wouldn't dare, knowing the frivolity of any attempt, to think of a way to sum it up in fewer words than Bukowski has chosen. In just 13 short lines of poetry Bukowski points out the spectacles society places on our faces from birth and offers a reaction of appreciation for the workings of untainted child's mind. I got the sad realization that much of how I react to what I see has been programmed into me due to society's set of expectations.

| Posted on 2009-07-26 | by a guest

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