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Aspirations of a Better Life In the poem Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry Ohio the author James Wright tells a tale of a seemingly small lower class blue-collar community whose love for football borders on fantasy In Martins Ferry football was a method of eluding the world the citizens were trapped in Rural American sports especially high school sports has lost it purity or essence of being a fun past time and has come to embody the lost dreams and aspirations of the very parents whose children play the game The first lines of the poem describe what could be thousands of games taking place across America in the autumn The Polacks nursing long beers2 the gray faces of Negroes3 and the ruptured night watchman of Wheeling Steel4 probably could be found in any small town high school football stadium The choice for a Polack to be nursing on a beer kind of sets the scene for the type of people one might expect to be enthralled in a high school football game Polacks seem to be the brunt of every dumb joke and Wright is using them as the type of people associated with the sport The very thought or idea of a ruptured night watchman4 paints a picture of a single beer bellied Barney Fithe type guard who is only a formality at such a small town event All the abovementioned are Dreaming of heroes5 almost waiting for the new next big thing to talk about and live through vicariously The second paragraph talks about the parents of the children who play this beloved game In line six the proud fathers are ashamed to go home6 and the women who are dying for love8 sums up the emotions that get mixed up during this time of year where football is all-important The men seem to be ashamed to go home after being in utopia for a while watching a football game
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