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Analysis of The Man on the Dump Through several writing techniques Wallace Stevens paints a somber portrait in his poem The Man on the Dump Stevens use of statements lists and punctuation gave me an overall sense of lazy joy suddenly changing to dark sadness While reading Stevens poem I was reminded of the scene of the assassination of John F Kennedy In the scene of Kennedys death everyone is at first extremely happy but when Kennedy is shot the onlookers joy instantaneously reverts to horror Similar to this scene the speaker is at first enjoying the simple pleasures of a dump but his mood quickly changes to deep sadness Stevens uses particular statement throughout the poem to express the mood of the speaker In the beginning of the poem the speaker expresses his delightful indolence by using the line Day creeps down The moon is creeping up1 This statement gives the impression of time passing slowly He goes on to say one sits and beats an old tin can giving the reader the feeling that the speaker is enjoying the time he is spending on the dump Stevens use of imagery and statements in the last stanza instantaneously changes the scene to macabre the speaker says nightingale torture the ear Pack the heart and scratch the mind 39-40 The speakers mood changed just as the mood of the crowd of onlookers changed as they watched their beloved president shot Another tool that Stevens uses to affect the poems mood is the usage of lists He reveals common everyday objects contained on a dump The wrapper on a can of pearsthe cat in the paper bag the corset the box 7-8 giving the poem a simple natured feel The tone of the poem is again changed drastically in the last stanza when the speaker uses the following list mattresses of the dead bottles pots shoes and grass murmur aptest eve
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