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Literature Essay

  • Submitted by: marioangel77
  • on February 26, 2014
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 986 words

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Elements of the Boxer
When the United States was at a turning point due to struggling time of racism, drugs, and the war in Vietnam, the struggle to become known and break away from the mold to survive became the want and need of every person in America. The poem The Boxer was written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley in 1968. This poem was a narrative poem reflecting true emotions of what every American can relate to, using his metaphors, figurative language, and developing a persona that allows the reader to picture and feel every verse. The content of this poem is something that as you read it, and listen to, takes you on a journey and struggle to overcome loneliness in the Big City, struggling to make it and rise above adversity.
The use of metaphors in The Boxer is apparent in all verses. Starting from the beginning “Still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest” (Simon, P and Woodley B. 1968) these words in the poem affected my reaction and gave me the opinion that they were only thought of as a joke, going in one ear and going out the other. This verse is a metaphor for every man who at one point or another has heard the truth about his self, or has had that understanding of what it takes to become a productive man in society. In another verse, it says that he is a boy when he left his home, not meaning that he was a 5 year old kid but he was young and inexperienced, “When I left my home and my family I was no more than a boy in the company of strangers” (Simon, P and Woodley B. 1968) This metaphor, is used frequently in the military by many soldiers when describing the beginning of their careers, and growing into battle tested men. This changed my opinion on how to interpret the poem because it gave me the feeling of someone trying to explain their struggles from the beginning and not have things given to them. The use of these implied comparisons throughout the story changed my opinion because it allowed me to understand and compare...

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