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Analysis and comments on Happiness by Raymond Carver

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Comment 16 of 136, added on March 8th, 2007 at 8:22 PM.

I really liked this poem. I resently had to memorize it for school. It
pretty much shows you that Happiness doesnt just come to you and that you
have to look for it.

Nicole from Canada
Comment 15 of 136, added on April 25th, 2006 at 5:32 PM.

i thought that it was an okay poem and I don't care what u say!!!!

gryeeukt from Canada
Comment 14 of 136, added on March 18th, 2006 at 10:00 PM.

I wouldn't say it's wrong to bash. Everyone has an opinion and a right to
share it(respectfully). But if you are going to bash it, then explain why.
And 'I think it's stupid' doesn't ccount. Be articulate. And if you don't
understand it and a lot of others do, then maybe you need to ask yourself
why you're missing something. And then, maybe ask someone what they get out
of it and why they get what they do. Believe me, you will only be a greater
person for it, by growing. It should be an ongoing process for us all.

I wanted to comment on the poem though. I thought it perfect. He sees these
two young boys and in them he sees contentment. And in seeing their
happiness and contentment, I feel he pulls in a little bit for himself.
There's so much there, the boys innocence, lack of responsibility,
uncomplicated friendship, their simple life, that could be cherished.

Trilobyte from United States
Comment 13 of 136, added on March 5th, 2006 at 8:46 AM.

this poem is simply very very nice. there is nothing to say anything more
about this poem

kavya from India
Comment 12 of 136, added on March 1st, 2006 at 7:09 PM.

I think this poem was boring!
I had to do this for a report.
It doesn't make sense AT ALL!!!
But I have to petend to understand it.

So what their paperboys. I mean come on, it's not fasinating.

Olivia from United States
Comment 11 of 136, added on February 20th, 2006 at 2:24 AM.

This poem is wonderful. It portrays a moment of tranquility that could
easily be written as a short story, which was the exact form of literature
that Carver is most known for. If you read carefully, there is one primary
sensory element that stands out: sound. There is not a single word
depicting noise in the entire poem. Scent is absent as well. However,
sound is most important. The burden of thoughts which pounded the
speaker's mind was lifted when he glimpsed at a casual, even mundane, scene
of complete serenity. There is no sound, there is no harmful noise--no
malignance. Carver himself would have liked to have devolved from his
position as an artist, a husband, and a father--just for a second--into a
child given a simple task, accompanied by a mutual friend. If you notice
something else, the speaker is alone.

TjB from United States
Comment 10 of 136, added on November 26th, 2005 at 7:11 PM.

yup this poem is nasty well i think

its is about to guys kissing anotherwards this poem is about being gay(both

yup thats what i think

stef from United States
Comment 9 of 136, added on November 19th, 2005 at 6:21 PM.

I love this poem~The fractured syntax emphasies the fact that the feeling
(of happiness) 'goes beyond any early morning thought'. The description of
the boys is simple, thus the lyrical description of the sky draws our
attention to the moment (of time when he suddenly feels happy) rather than
the events that are happening, and gives me the idea that perhaps when you
are happy you tend to describe other things as happy (the boys). And I like
the ideas that eudora and katie proposed as well.

judith from Singapore
Comment 8 of 136, added on November 17th, 2005 at 6:42 AM.

I read the poem and I think it's wonderfully written. Please don't bash the
poem and do your research first before posting. This man died in 1988 and
his poetry has lasted until now, it did not die with him because it is
well-written. The poem makes you think because of the way it's written--if
it was truly bad it won't affect you at all, you won't even want to bash
it. it's about how happiness can be unexpected, how happiness is a fleeting
transient thing, a short feeling of peace, when adult concerns like 'death'
and 'ambition' don't matter.
and IMHO, when you don't like poetry, it isn't that the poetry is bad but
rather you can't appreciate it properly.

Eudora Chua from Singapore
Comment 7 of 136, added on July 27th, 2005 at 10:03 AM.

Why all write about clothes? I don't understand this... :( I don't like
this... but rest is ok... very ok


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Poet: Raymond Carver
Poem: Happiness
Added: Feb 21 2003
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Poem of the Day: Jul 19 2004

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