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While I was scanning our literature book in search of a poem that was to my liking I came across William Carpenters Fire At first I thought that I should try to find a shorter poem to write a paper on but I decided to go ahead and read it anyway At first I began to smirk at the seemingly humorous actions and thoughts of the characters in the story but soon the underlying theme became very clear This poem expresses an overall idea that I immediately connected to the idea that society is a blanket over reality and that we dont need all of our precious material possessions to be happyThe poem begins with the narrator looking across the Penobscot River He is watching another man with gloves and a fur hat franticly setting fire to his house The narrator claims to be envious of this other man working so hard to destroy everything precious to him and so early in the day He says I envy his energy since Im still on the sun porch in my robe with morning coffee my day not even begun while my neighbor has already piled spruce boughs against the house and poured The author stresses the quickness of the man burning down his house Its hard to tell why hes in such a rush but it is probably the hurriedness someone gets after being forced to snap under unbelievable pressure The man watching says that he would like to help him or at least bring him coffee and a bagel but then it occurs to him why should I help him when I have a house myself which needs burning as much as anyones It has begun to leak I think it has carpenter ants I hear them making sounds at night like writing only they arent writing they are building small tubular Its almost funny that the ants are unknowingly making their natural homes inside
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