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The Commonalities of Crap The Poems Suburban and Walking the Dog both have titles that dont quite give an accurate depiction of the poems subject Which is an unexpected humor that involves dog shit and the dog owners involvement in it The poems have many commonalities between them because of their similar topic as well as the similarities in their common owners At the beginning of both poems the reader realizes the setting is within a suburban setting and involves a dog and his owner They both seem to share the quite typical suburban neighborhood of the polite yet arrogant neighbors who really could care less about one another but are phony nice upon contact For example Mrs Friar in the poem Suburban says to Mr Ciardi The fact is your dog has just deposited - forgive me - a large repulsive object in my petunias and then goes on to say I always have loved dogs but really in regard to the large bowel movement that had just been removed from her petunias Its funny to see how she is so proud and respectful that she cant even call the dog feces a large repulsive object without saying forgive me before hand Yet she can make a big deal out of such a small thing like dog shit The humor is seen in this also due to the fact that many readers probably have at least one to several Mrs Friars in their neighborhood Of course one of the main things that these poems have in common with one another is their overall mild vulgarity in describing their dogs as well as other dogs shit This is also a key humor point in both poems as well Take for example the line in Suburban where Mr Ciardi thinks to ask Mrs Friar Have you checked the rectal grooving for a positive ID By this of course he means to check
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