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My overall perception of Simics poetry is that he is a fun guy At times he is much more dramatic than I anticipated his poetry to be I found myself still thinking about his poetry hours after I read it and slowly understanding some of it He is much more difficult to analyze than our dear friend Larkin but alas change is good His first poem I chose Bug Doctor because I felt I could add to Mr Panzas interpretations intelligently The second I chose merely because I had a different interpretation than our fair teacher I think that I have a provable meaning to the poem Taking a Breather that I intend to share and hopefully provoke someone into writing me J The self or persona of the poem Bug Doctor to me is Charles Simic He is depicting a conversation he is having with a bug or more specifically a mosquito He obviously has some sort of issue with bugs that I find hilarious to read I believe he is the persona because he writes so much on bugs and because he uses my3 to define the speaker The setting is not clear it could be a public place like a park where there is a large population These lines are the private thoughts of Simic on a public issue of the annoying night visitor 1 the mosquito Structurally this poem is divided into three stanzas that depict the authors changing feelings about the mosquito The first stanza shows how the author is making fun of the life of the mosquito He asks it questions about its existence and whether it has feelings do you fear 1 He is mocking the mosquitos existence by pointing out that some become lab specimens that are crucified with pins 6 while others fate lies on the whim of a person like Simic who smashes them The second stanza depicts the mosquitos unanticipated terror
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