An Analysis Of 'Accident, Mass. Ave.'

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Gina Meyers and Jill McDonough both illustrate a lack of control within the poems “Hold it Down” and “Accident, Mass. Ave.”. “Hold it Down” by Gina Meyers describes a long narrative of the problem, a lack of control, impossibilities and frustration in everyday life, while “Accident, Mass. Ave.” presents a narrative of a problem, a moment of loss of control, aggression and frustration in a single moment that happen on a specific day. Similarly the poems are long and include long enjambed lines disturbed by few short and small lines. Contrasting the poems are ordered and structured very differently. Loss of control depicted in “Hold it Down” is evident in the structure of the long narrative of the poem. The form is free flowing, and does not have a formal or any type of rhyme scheme. Ideas jump from one thing to the next, connected only by the four…show more content…
Ave” depicts a sense of some control in its structure. The poem is broken up into three stanzas. The first stanza is the description of the accident and the actions of the speaker and the woman who ‘hits’ his truck. Moving along the next stanza portrays the speakers realization of what had actually happened, looking past the anger and frustration. The third and final stanza is an image of the speaker and the woman coming together in a moment of sincerity. Contrasting to Meyers in “Hold it Down”, the concrete and logical structure of the poem gives the reader a structure they can follow, and the speaker controls. There is a sequencing effect in the first words in each stanza, “I stopped” (McDonough 1) introducing the moment and problem, “But she hadn’t” (19) introducing the conflict and dialogue, and “Well, there’s”(34) bringing the moment to a close, each beginning shows a change in time of the moment and the narration. Where in “Hold it Down” the process is flowing from one idea to the next, “Accident, Mass. Ave.” is concrete and moves chronologically through the moment in which is
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