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The Sound of a Memory Poetry allows people to express their feelings in ways that regular texts cannot By carefully choosing each word and arranging them on a page like an artist blending together colors on his canvas a poet can make readers see and feel things that a normal author cannot Mark Rudmans poem Chrome uses carefully chosen words that help to set the pace at which the poem is read aloud In turn this tempo helps to create an image and animate it Mark Rudmans use of poetic tools create a poem that is strong in imagery This is because the poems sounds directly reflect that of the actual events of which Rudman is speaking of The opening of Rudmans Chrome is read aloud at a steady medium pace The author is reflecting upon youthful memories of his motorcycle riding days These memories are triggered by a news broadcast on the authors TV He uses alliteration to help set a tone that will be repeated again and again throughout the poem Phrases like hundreds of helmeted riders and tearing up holes of desert turtles use alliteration to create a smooth flowing connected sound The mood is calm and peaceful yet descriptive The readers can see the same things that the author sees in his own mind and a calm feeling is felt throughout the opening lines Rudman then throws in some quicker wording to describe the landscape which is broken up into short incomplete ideas with commas He introduces a multitude of ideas when he describes Hills leeched of color the desert a kind of form with rimrock and succulents and gulches providing borders- boundaries Dust and Desire 651 The above lines are very interesting when you look at the tempo at which they are read Hills leeched of color is on a line by itself and its followed by a pause After the pause a comma a new idea begins It
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