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Analysis and comments on Drinking While Driving by Raymond Carver

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Comment 9 of 79, added on April 27th, 2009 at 1:51 PM.

poeple have idea whats going on in the world and all teens and other poeple
out there dnt understand what it means to loses someone till it happens to
them like a really good freind or family or a nice person that helped pay
rent is gone people dnt know that and people continue to buy or sale drinks
or drugs i me my family lost a really good person to people on the drinking
or driving idea.... a uncle,cusin, friend ,son brother ,father lost to
people who dnt understand.... thank you......

sherleen cooper from United States
Comment 8 of 79, added on February 10th, 2006 at 8:00 AM.

This poem is very intresting and it makes you feel if you dinrk and drive
you could be that hurt person for doing nothing wrong

Tia Hazel from United States
Comment 7 of 79, added on October 3rd, 2005 at 9:32 AM.

while i agree with Jockstrap that Carver may not be the most intellectually
challenging of writers or include much challenging philosophies as such, it
is important to note that this is not what contemporary American
prose/poetry is about. It is about simple thought with deep meaning. The
story and the meaning of the story are one and the same. Even if we look
back to the beat writers of the 50's and 60's we can find the deepeset of
meanings in the simplest of stories

Keefo from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 79, added on January 19th, 2005 at 9:49 AM.

To Jock Strap,
I'm sure you would "blow Raymond Carver away" with the thoughts in your
head. It sounds like you are a deep thinker. A real renaissance man.
Indeed, Kurt Cobain would fit that category too. What a philosopher! You
both are two of the finest poetic minds that the world has to offer. How
do you not get more respect? I say it's bullshit. You should be an award
winning novelist/poet/songwriter. You should get all the chicks. You are
clearly a winner in life. You deserve it. Because you are such an
outstanding intellect.

Seriously. Get off Carver's nuts.

John from United States
Comment 5 of 79, added on December 20th, 2004 at 7:59 PM.

I would blow this guy away with the thoughts in my head. I can't beleive
this guys famous and not me. Somewhere, Kurt Cobain is laughing at these
poems. If u want to publish somthing good email me Carver... we'll talk.

Jock Strap from Chile
Comment 4 of 79, added on November 10th, 2004 at 4:38 PM.

drinking and driving
saturday it's cold
someone will pay
someone will pay for where she lay
she lay in the darkness
she lay in the cold
where someday she will lie
millions of days old
not here to spend time with me
not here to laugh and cry
somebody is now asking themself
why why does she lie
she lies in this darkness
she lies in this cold
because she wan't reminded
nor was she told
not to drink and drive
or here she would lie
in this darkness in this cold
lying without me
eventually millions of days old
she would lie here by herself
with only comfort from me
now you see why
you don't drink and drive
or here you'll be

jazlyn from Canada
Comment 3 of 79, added on October 29th, 2004 at 11:58 AM.

Adrienne is right on the money. Tommy, you must look deeper.

Bruce from United States
Comment 2 of 79, added on August 27th, 2004 at 1:51 AM.

Please look beyond your predjudice to the obvious connotation of the title,
and what it may imply... if you truly take into account the image that is
being conjured, you could actually find something quite beautiful. Even
the word "nevertheless"... think about it... "contrary" to the world
around us, "contrary" to whatever shortcomings we perceive, the character
perceives, he is relishing in the moment. I believe that, more than
anything, Carver is making reference to the freedom of living in the
moment, despite what tomorrow might bring. Quite lovely, with silence in a
certain chaos, if you ask me..

adrienne m. hribko
Comment 1 of 79, added on August 24th, 2004 at 8:14 AM.

This is the last thing the world needs - a depressing reminder of nihilism
and emptiness. This poem is without the descriptive beauty and force of
RC's short stories, which provide in their truth and economy their own
answers and give a sense of the soul of the characters involved.


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Poet: Raymond Carver
Poem: Drinking While Driving
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Nov 1 2000

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