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The written word much like music can evoke powerful emotions A poet can take a simple subject and based on his or her choice of words and the use of language and literary devices can turn it into artwork In Charles Simics poem Breasts I will discuss how the piece is influenced by the use of diction and music Despite the poems subject matter it does not have a conversational tone It reads very formally which gives it a somewhat classy mature tone However mixed in with the formalities are simple words which allow the poem a light-hearted feeling The contradiction between the formality of the writing and the simplicity of the words chosen leaves a relaxed free-spirited tone to the poem For example in the fourth stanza Simic writes They bring on their nipplesBeads of inaudible sighsVowels of delicious clarityFor the little red schoolhouse of our mouths Simple words powerful images and all the while teetering on playfulness One of the words that immediately stands out among the rest is schoolhouse I think of schoolhouse and I think of children and with thoughts of children in mind the poem about breasts suddenly becomes sweet and charming Simic repeatedly mentions food and drink in this poem which add a sensuality to the piece The mouth is sensual as are the breasts and the two together are electrifying With Simics choice of words the reader is taken on a journey of the senses In the seventh stanza Simic writes I like to come up to themFrom underneath like a kidWho climbs on a chairTo reach a jar of forbidden jam Comparing the breasts to the forbidden jam makes them seem verboten dangerous yet delicious and desired It is very erotic and sinful More of the same delicious naughtiness if apparent in the final stanza where he writes I will tip each breastLike a dark heavy grapeInto the hiveOf my drowsy mouth Grapes can be very epicurean
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