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Analysis and comments on Notice What This Poem Is Not Doing by William Stafford

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Comment 17 of 107, added on February 24th, 2012 at 10:24 AM.

Every time I come back here again and don`t get disappointed..!

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Comment 16 of 107, added on February 12th, 2012 at 6:34 AM.

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Comment 15 of 107, added on February 12th, 2012 at 6:05 AM.

y4LAYP Post brought me to think, went to mull over!!...

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Comment 14 of 107, added on May 21st, 2007 at 4:49 AM.

I just remembered what this poem has not done; it hasn't died. Yes, credit
me, Marcy Jarvis, with that brilliant thesis.

Comment 13 of 107, added on April 21st, 2007 at 5:28 AM.

yes, that has occurred to me, that it is not rhyming. But though I like
non rhyming poems, I always feel a little like I am cheating when I write a
straight free verse poem that uses nothing artistic in its delivery because
I feel like I could just as well write it as a piece of prose and why
bother with poetry and being somehow special. lol.

Comment 12 of 107, added on April 21st, 2007 at 2:49 AM.

Well the poem clearly isn't rhyming.

Sharon Peters from Canada
Comment 11 of 107, added on April 11th, 2007 at 11:13 AM.

I used to think I saw what this poem was not doing but I can not for the
life of me see what it is now other than not pormoting itself. lol. I
think what it is doing is describing very clearly the life (or job, if you
will) of a poet or a poem. A good one, anyway.

Comment 10 of 107, added on April 11th, 2007 at 10:20 AM.

i think stafford is saying that the stones, the light , the earth and water
don't have to tell you anything. their very being is enough. that people
expect to be entertained and therefore we miss the whole point of life-that
we are here now and should be present because nothing lasts .

marilyn mckinstry from United States
Comment 9 of 107, added on February 9th, 2006 at 10:51 PM.

Strafford uses rhetoric to denigrate Romantic poetry by suggesting that
these poems about the beauty of nature do not have any depth.
additionally, Stanford shows random images using the romantic style of
poetry in order to suggest that Romantic poetry is filled with empty
metaphors and meaningless themes. Furthermore, he uses the poetic structure
in order to appeal to audiences whom appreciate poetry of this era and have
also read poetry prior to his era, the romantic period.

matthew finston from United States
Comment 8 of 107, added on January 7th, 2006 at 4:12 AM.

Agreeing with a previous post, we are unnable to directly determine what
the poem is NOT saying. In fact, these lines that seek to draw attention
to the unnamed substance instead are used as a device to draw attention to
what the poem IS doing. I believe that the poem, in talking about a
cemetary and the beauty of the situation, and noticing as well that the
narrator is directly referring to a "someone" leads us to believe that even
in death, this person is not forgotten; au contraire, they are all but

Weston from United States

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Poet: William Stafford
Poem: Notice What This Poem Is Not Doing
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