Thursday, April 22, 2010
I Went into the Maverick Bar by Gary Snyder
I found this poem very funny and love the comparison. The poem clearly expresses the author on vacation. It explains in detailed what he could or would on vacation, letting out his personal experience he had. This poem is express in a smooth and calm tone that full with joy. The image I understood in the poem was the author made sure he wrote in detailed for us as the reader to feel as we were there. In my point of view, he went on this vacation to release all stress and ego that is inside of him. Yet he didn’t even know that he was doing this. That the part that was remarkable to me. In lines (15-21), the author states; “They [the dancing couple] held each other like in High School dances in the fifties, I recalled when I worked in the woods and the bars of Madras, Oregon. That short-haried joy and roughness, America -- your stupidity. I could almost love you again”. The author shows his sense of his relationship to America, though fraught and ambiguous like the syntax through the poem. He seeks to clarify through his relationship to the work he once did in the woods and bars of Oregon. If his alienation seems to frame a challenge to the complacent America is portray in this bar, it is also seen to be the product of imagery traditionally thought of as ‘deeply' American. Also in my opinion the author seems as if he did experience already but in his fantasy world. The work of the poem is not, therefore, it’s inspiring to integrate the environments of land and poem. The poem asserts that romantic transcendence, that which sees the poem as a riprap. It is in recognizing the deeply ingrained patterns of America's acculturation of the land that the real work of ecological reading can begin.