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Analysis and comments on October 12 by David Lehman

Comment 1 of 1, added on August 12th, 2005 at 2:22 PM.

This poem has such a sad tone to it. the speaker doesn't value himself or
his accomplishments. This can be noted by observing that he did't tell the
bartender he went college, which is the presitgious Oxford. When the
bartender tries to ask him what he did there ( meaning major) the speaker
only replies drugs. Which could be true, but the mood of the poem is self
depricating so I think it the speaker is being sarcastic.
He also describes the lady he met. She is very accomplished and looking for
" a Romeo with brains", the speaker automatically rules himself out of this
b/c he is either not a Romeo or has no brains. If anything I think it is
the former because he went to Oxford and must be smart.

I am having trouble though figuring out what the drink says about the
speaker. Any thoughts????


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Poet: David Lehman
Poem: October 12
Added: Feb 20 2003
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