The first part of Delights and Shadows, “Walking on Tiptoe,” contains a series of pictures of people come in contact with his daily life. He records their strengths and weaknesses and the old days, mixed with similarly and imagery in the poems. “Tattoo” sets the tone, a mood of reflection of guilt on the speaker. In the very beginning, it is straightforward by showing how things in the past linger on. When it comes to the middle, it changes over to a strong youth, and the end of the poem is just sort of mellow as if it is nothing but an ordinary day and we can see him talking, “What was once meant to be a statement—” but is “now just a bruise/ on a bony old shoulder.”(Kooser 76).This shows that this tattoo signified what the man was in his youth. He compares who the man was in his youth as being 'as strong as a stallion, fast and ornery and talks of how he is now '. He is only another old man...his heart gone soft and blue with stories '. It is seen that tattoo is "now just a bruise...where vanity once punched him in the arm." The words stamped and the bruise portray that the tattoo was a stamp he desired and loved. More than it was his choice. “he is o...
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...ting that we a surrounding in darkness but in the darkness, there is all a light.
The old cemetery shows that Kooser was writing about what he sows, the poem starts by him saying “somebody has been here this morning” the sense and the feeling that Kooser just missed the persons that were at the cemetery that morning and him saying that seen like it not his first time at this cemetery. And to let you know that he knows his surrounding he describes what he sows and analysis what he happened how did it what car he was driving and basset on the job Kooser can tell you if the person that cut the grass at the cemetery was paid or not and how much he was paid. The boring of the poem Kooser analysis what he sows and we see a change of tone when it comes to the end when Kooser starts speaking for the dead. “The dead must have been overjoyed to have their world for themselves
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