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Position was written in 1964 and was one of the few poems that jumped out at me Position can be inspiration to all of us but I feel as though it is more or less about the long road to find the love of your life Carol Berge the author of Position was born in 1928 and was divorced after the birth of her son Berges poetry focuses on self-respect and people seeking love such as in this poem I believe the past is hard for everyone to deal with when past experiences are bad experiences we tend to carry along the baggage and try to protect ourselves from making the same mistake Unfortunately we close ourselves off not allowing us to succeed and create a good memory to overturn the bad A fear of pain is almost more dangerous than pain itself The poem uses generally known vocabulary making it easy to read and easy to understand yet it has no stress pattern She makes use of figurative language by utilizing metaphors symbols and consonance She speaks of a mother who whipped the spirit out of her son symbolizes herself as all women and displays consonance in the ninth line when she states wouldntcouldntdidnt I really enjoyed the way she spoke of a previous girl who didnt do any of the right things It is easy to prejudge others to put a face value on someone we dont even know When something painful has happened in the past we learn from it take value out of the event and yet we never want it to happen again When a man is beaten by his mother his idea of all mothers is tarnished and he is no longer willing to think well of mothers Berge talks about the girl who didnt or wouldnt or couldnt but didnt Because of past experiences the idea of any girl as a positive and
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