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Poems by Bridges and Bertrand

These poems are examined:

~Relationship between language and content in this poem
~Specific poetic technique
~Poetic techniques and reader response

POEM #1 Not Quite Out-of-Business by Les Bridges

Surrounded by white sheets,
fly-specked with numbers,
he stares at monstrous phone
that just swiped graduate school
from his daughter.

Thinks about pushing ex-client
in front of fast-moving Yellow cab.
Wonders why he didn't become a poet,
what to tell wife Darien,
whether mistress on Bleaker Street
should get same story.

Hungers for martini, winning ticket at lotto.
Then he spins Rolo-dex, reaches for phone
and launches another cold, cold sales call.

POEM #2 Racing With the Wolves by Kate Bertrand

She never thought of power as her sport
until one night, over a business drink,
the sporting urge emerged. She played the flirt
to lure her lean, grey boss. And in a wink
the race was on. She hurdled past his wiles -
created charming lies, gazed in his eyes.
Of course he wrote no memos for the files,
describing nylon foot on flannel thigh
or trysts at noon. But someone did, and though
the wolf was quick, he fell behind. The race
was hers, the corner office, the teak desk. No
more rendezvous - with him. The faster pace
agreed with her. The hungry young run fast,
until their youth and hunger fade, at last.

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As you compare and contrast these two pieces, please allow my notes to help:

First, the poet demonstrates a strong relationship between language and content in this poem. First, "Not Quite Out-of-Business" contains some irony. Please note how Bridges uses concrete images to show the business world tone and overall mood of the piece with imagery such as "Surrounded by white sheets, fly-specked with numbers..."

The relationship of the work/business content and language is also applied as Bridges also uses vivid word choices, especially adjectives, such as "monstrous" to make the work/business world appear larger than life. Bridges also uses language and work choice to depict the business world and the underlying obsession with greed and money as she says, "that just swiped graduate school from his daughter. " Please note how the verb "swiped" denotes a credit ...

Solution Summary

Poems by Bridges and Bertrand are briefly assessed.