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Thomas at the Wheel Rita Dove wrote Thomas at the Wheel and it is from the collection of poetry called Thomas and Beulah This poetry tells the story of the lives of Thomas and Beulah The first part of the story is from Thomass point of view Mandolin and the second part is Beulahs Canary in Bloom Thomas at the Wheel is from the Mandolin selection Thomas at the Wheel is written in the third person and it is five stanzas long In this poem Thomas has a heart attack that kills him and some of his thoughts are represented Thomas knows that he is having a heart attack he accepts the fact that he is going to die and he thinks of his wife with his final thoughts This poem symbolizes that Thomas finally has control of his life and that he is ready to leave this world In the first stanza it is raining and Thomas is in a drugstore parking lot He is reminiscing about a childhood experience that happened to his friend Lem Thomas watched his friend die in a river The line This then the river he had to swim l1 Thomas is thinking about the river that killed his friend The heavy rain is bringing back memories Perhaps Thomas has a feeling that his life might end soon In the second stanza Thomas remarks on how a man comes out of the drugstore to smoke a cigarette In this stanza he begins to have a heart attack as noticed in the line Thomas thought the sky was emptying itself as fast as his chest was filling with water ll 7-9 He doesnt panic as he is in pain There in so mention of him being scared He feels that he is in control of his life that things are finally in order and that he can leave this world without leaving any problems behind
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