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Analysis and comments on Portrait Number Five: Against A New York Summer by Jack Gilbert

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Comment 2 of 22, added on January 14th, 2007 at 2:15 PM.

This is about what the protagonist does not do or think. We will not enter
his mind as he himself refuses to do. This girl is what men refer to as a
**** tease because she knows he is terribly attracted but is too self
effacing to dream he has a chance. This is why the wise female knows what
she can get away with and why and how she bites. The word Hard is a
fragment all by itself...because he was in terms of paralysis and
excitement--as she was, in reference to her nipples; something excited her!
She exalted in this and the whole experience was like coperating in one's
own castration. Surely we've all experienced this 'being played'or playing.
It's the pear thinking how delicious the toothless fruit fly is.

Rick Penkwitz from United States
Comment 1 of 22, added on January 5th, 2006 at 7:45 PM.

This poem made me actually feel. I felt that you were speaking to a women
that was Beautiful and it was calm. and Warm. I actually never felt feeling
before, when reading a poem.

Jaclyn from United States

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Poet: Jack Gilbert
Poem: Portrait Number Five: Against A New York Summer
Volume: Views of Jeopardy
Added: Feb 27 2003
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