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Analysis and comments on Loyalty by James Tate

Comment 3 of 3, added on March 7th, 2005 at 8:25 PM.

The poem is very good it tells a story of human life but puts sit through a
dogs eyes. it is very creative and most modern day poets are too obsessed
with getting their message across they arnt that creative but he really got
his message across and it was truly beautiful. This poem shows beauty in
its deepest form, when you can show beauty trough the utter most sadness of
human life it can ust take ones breath away.

Nancy M from United States
Comment 2 of 3, added on January 6th, 2005 at 8:50 PM.

vanilla ice cream is a brilliant analogy. james tate absolutely fascinates

annie from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on December 24th, 2004 at 11:10 AM.

This poem like all of Tates poetry is a masterpiece of words.. he is a
verbal genius who dresses up an often simple story in the most unusual and
interesting disguise..his genius is no THAT , but HOW he uses words and
language skills like metaphor and simile to draw you in... his poems break
all the bonds of structured communication and yet somehow manage to follow
very closely the rules..just when you wonder where in the world,( or more
likely OUT of it) he is going , he suddenly brings you back to the story
and it all becomes clear...I see his poems as vanilla ice cream..floating,
smothered and drowned in the most unexpected toppings you have ever
seen...If you take the time to read them, and sometimes it takes several
attempts, you will see the simple event or occasion , as clear as a scoop
of vanilla ice cram , sitting right in the middle, right where he placed
it...Tate does what we all should do.. he looks at everyday life observes
it from different angles, then choosses the most unlikely , and interesting
one and writes a poem..

steve from United States

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Poet: James Tate
Poem: Loyalty
Volume: Worshipful Company of Fletchers
Added: Feb 7 2004
Viewed: 26417 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 1 2009

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