Robert Creeley Poem Analysis

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Poetry by Robert Creeley: Similarities and Differences Robert Creeley, a famous American poet, lived from 1926 to 2005. Creeley was normally associated as a Black Mountain poet because that is where he taught, and spent most of his career. Throughout his life, Creeley wrote many different pieces of poetry. Four great poems by Robert Creeley are, “For Love”, “Oh No”, “The Mirror”, and “The Rain”. The poem “For Love”,was written by Creeley for his wife. In this poem Creeley explains, the love someone has for another person, and how complicated it is making his life because the person doesn’t know how to explain their love. “Oh No” is a poem that is literally about a selfish person who ended up in hell, but this poem has a deeper meaning. Part…show more content…
For example, in “The Rain”, the entire poem has lines that are enjambed, “Is it / that never the ease, / even the hardness, / of rain falling”(8-11). The phrase or idea talked about in one line does not end at the end of a line, it continues on for several lines and sometimes several stanzas. In addition to the poem “The Rain”, enjambment can be seen in the poem “For Love”. Examples of enjambment can be found frequently throughout this poem, but specifically from lines 15, to 18. The poem reads, “I wouldn 't either, but / what would I not / do, what prevention, what...”. The subject talked about in these three lines is not thoroughly explained in the lines given, as the poem continues it discusses different subjects that are also spread out through several lines, with no one line being about one subject. The meaning of what Creeley is trying to describe can only be found by reading several lines of the poem because of the way he structured his poems. In the article "Love and Frangibility: An Appreciation of Robert Creeley", Heather Mchugh EXPLAINS, “ First of all, he 's often miscast as a rebel against poetic forms, foot soldier in the resistance against prosodic refinement... I believe that Robert Creeley 's abstemious formality nourishes a luxury of readings”. Mchugh SAYS that the line structure that Creeley uses is…show more content…
Terry Bacon wrote in his article, "Closure in Robert Creeley 's Poetry", “The extent of the reader 's own experiences will to a large degree determine the extent to which those perceptions are meaningful.” Bacon reveals that each of Creeley’s poems have a deeper meaning than just the words on the page, and each person can interpret the meaning of each poem differently depending on the experiences that person has already encountered. In Creeley’s poem “The Rain” , it TALKS about the rain being persistent, and a person being insisted upon. The person is looking for something like the rain, insistent,or else the person will be uneasy. The person wants a love like the rain. The rain that the poem is talking about is often associated with the want for intimacy. So the meaning in this poem is the person in the poem is longing for a persistent love, one that is always there, like the sound of the rain is persistent. “Oh No” also has a different meaning hidden in it. This poem is about a person finding a specific place, and when it is found a chair will be given to the person to sit by themselves. All of the person 's friends will be there smiling, all of them also sitting in their places. The hidden story behind this poem is that the author is trying to sweet talk the person into a seat, but the seat is not about in a happy place. By having the title “Oh No”, it
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