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Analysis and comments on Somebody by Charles Bukowski

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Comment 14 of 334, added on May 11th, 2007 at 10:18 AM.

While, yes, it's silly and ignorant that some in these comments are upset
about Bukowski posting this on the internet because he clearly could not do
so, being upset at his blatant misogyny is not silly. If anyone in
contemporary poetry is a bastard whose demeaning depictions of women are
influential and damaging to the reader, it's Bukowski. He may not indeed
care what I think, but it does not prevent me as a reader from critiquing
the systems of portrayal he develops. Such dismissal of the female just so
this supposed "poor toertured soul" can "finally feel something" is
offensive and cliche.

Honestly, though, he's not worth most serious readers' time. He is
pop-poetry being enjoyed by the mediocre because he is simple enough for
them to understand--they confuse his bluntness for shocking depth and pat
themselves on the back for relating to his cynicism. Can we finally give up
on praising the ludricrous concept of the lone male genius? Look it up: his
work has been largely ignored by academics, and for a reason. Spouting
misogynist bullshit doesn't make a poet worthy of our time.

Becky from United States
Comment 13 of 334, added on March 24th, 2006 at 8:56 AM.

Oh man, is this joke? How could anyone think that Bukowski cares that they
critisize his rape of someone? I promise you two things: You totally
misread the poem and he really doesnt care what you think. You should do
some background on this guy, he is really amazing. Also, maybe you should
take a class on how to read poetry.

Colette from United States
Comment 12 of 334, added on March 16th, 2006 at 10:38 AM.

Buk uses rape for it's dramatic clause not as a term for forced sex. Sex
with someone with whom your not in love with may as well be rape in the
poet eyes. Besides buk could rape most modern poets and his cock would be
the most creative thing in them.

mark from United States
Comment 11 of 334, added on December 28th, 2005 at 12:33 AM.

Are you people actually serious? Charles Bukowski wrote this poem before
all of you were born. And even if he did rape someone(which he didn't) the
point of the poem is that rape is something that causes powerful emotions
in people. This makes it the perfect candidate for poetry, because after
all, the best poems aren't about the fucking red rose, they are about the
serious emotions that we all feel. It is power like that which the poem
posesses that caused Bukowski to be regarded as one of the greatest poets
in the 20th century.

Tyler from United States
Comment 10 of 334, added on December 26th, 2005 at 6:14 PM.

stupidity. if any of the people who posted comments about this poem has
ever read anything before in thier lives i would be very shocked and
disappointed. the key to poetry is NOT TAKING IT LITERALY YOU MUST READ
ABOUT TO HAVE WITH THIS GIRL. the poem is raw and real and about animal
instinct not a felony crime, read some more about this author he might
change your life and the way you read. that is if you learn how to

jessica from United States
Comment 9 of 334, added on December 2nd, 2005 at 1:37 PM.

I though that was a very good poem and very powerfull it makes a person
think about what they would do if it ever happned to them I loved it

jessica from United States
Comment 8 of 334, added on November 8th, 2005 at 12:06 AM.

How could you just write this and post it on the internet for people to
see? Is this true? I hope it's not. I was raped once and it was a horrible
experience. I felt like dying afterwards, you don't even know! Or maybe you
do, either way you're a sicko and you need to be taught some kind of
lesson... Do you really think that rape makes you someone??

Melanie from United States
Comment 7 of 334, added on November 1st, 2005 at 5:27 PM.

i find this poem VERY offensive. i was a rape victim not too long ago and
to think this guy didnt even care about what he did... that it just made
him "somebody".. well guess what it makes you a nobody! people that have no
consent to have sex shouldnt. this should be taken off the internet this
guy cant be made known because he raped a girl. its wrong and so is
exposing it to the public. wow he must be pretty proud of what he did to
tell and show everyone.. what a jerk

elizabeth from United States
Comment 6 of 334, added on October 19th, 2005 at 8:03 PM.

Wait... Did 5 different people asked Charles Bukowski why he wrote and
posted this on the internet just now?
People, you might want to actually click on the name of the author and read
a little...

Stanislav from Canada
Comment 5 of 334, added on October 2nd, 2005 at 11:49 AM.

My gosh, very shoking.
I am also yet another poet who adores power of the words yet I think that
this isn't something I enjoy reading.
Coming from a girl who has acctualy been raped, I don't know how you could
write something like this, well write okay but post on internet? well, all
and all it is a good poem for it unlocks an emotion yet I don't think it to
be a poem I will read more often.

Natasha from Netherlands

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Poet: Charles Bukowski
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