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Analysis ofAdolescence by Larry Levis Larry Leviss poem Adolescence is a rambling yet descriptive poem about looking back on his own teen-age years In his mind these years were a missed opportunity He reminisces of his youth when at age 15 he encountered a girl whom he did not love She passed away from spinal meningitis and he regrets not bestowing his love before she passed away Maybe nothing would have happened had he loved her he cannot help but ponder whether he should have loved her The poem does not seem to have a particular track or direction but Levis crafts the text to support one main point Live each day as if it were to be your last Every aspect of this poem works to reinforce this purpose and create an excellent narrative By formulating a proficient combination of differing techniques to mold the poem Levis creates a work of art To compose a successful poem the author must keep the attention of the reader One method Levis chose is a dramatic pause He uses a recess in the text to give a sense of suspense leaving the reader hanging for a moment wondering what will happen next In the second stanza Someone anonymousbought her A bus ticket back the reader is given a moment to question just who purchased the ticket These breaks in the text draw the reader further into the story by creating a sense of wonder and make us want to read on In one particular instance Levis uses personification to describe an object In the first stanza the huge cemetery trees literally grasp hold of the dead We can see the roots wrapped around a coffin taking nutrients from the decomposing body giving life from death Instead of describing the look of the trees in the graveyard the author opts to tell what the trees do In this manner the reader
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