At the end of Robert Hayden’s
“Those Winter Sundays” the tone shifts
and someone sneezes. Someone else
scrapes the leg of their chair on linoleum
and the rain
Irony. Can you recognize when the surface meaning
is opposed to the intended meaning of a poem?
Something bad can be seen through the window,
another sneeze and the rain.
All is not as it seems;
the sandaled feet,
the waterproof parkas.
The desk up front and the stubby
stalks of white resting in grooves
below the board.
What is syntax?
Arm resting on head to hold up
hand. Chalk breaking on board.
The Whitman poem uses dependant clauses
to build tension.
Are you ready to leave the lecture hall by
the time the speaker does?
When the rain stops there will be
stars worth seeing.