1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 
Comment 2 of 92, added on September 11th, 2005 at 11:40 PM.
Only a high school class could laugh at John Berryman or anything he's
Amish from United States
Comment 1 of 92, added on June 2nd, 2005 at 3:38 PM.
Yesterday I made the mistake of reading this poem aloud in my AP English
class. My classmates, teacher, and I all got a good laugh out of this
atrocious excuse for poetry. "The Ball Poem" could possibly be the worst
poem I have ever read in my life. Although it is terribly written and an
awful attempt to make a trivial event seem meaningful, it is quite
humorous. The humor only lies in the hilarity that many find this poem to
be a work of art! Enjoy
Emily from United States
Comment 0 of 92, added on April 14th, 2005 at 4:29 AM.
This poem expresses the poet's inability to cope with the suicide of his
father when he was only 8 years old and his continual contemplation of his
own suicide (which was accomplished by jumping into the harbor from the
Washington Avenue Bridge.
Brenda Watton from United States
Comment -1 of 92, added on October 25th, 2004 at 11:52 PM.
i think that the ball poem is about ageing. The ball is a metaphor for
childhood/youth and when the ball is losr in the harbour (which could be
symbolic of memoies) the boy starts learning the responsibilities of
growing up. essentially the poem is about the swiftness of time and how
once childhood is lost, it will never return.
from United States
This poem has been commented on more than 10 times. Click below to see the other comments.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9