Omigosh oh snap
oh horrors I heard it
so close too close
and way too big
might be one of those
Little Wolves I'll bet
there are two
no ten a whole pack
oh God I just know
Oh heck, it's only
you, and you've been
looking at me
all day long
and haven't even
Why does the author have the middle of the poem consist of all lines being only one syllable long?
a. to show how still the deer is being
b. to give the poem a dumb bell shape
c. to show how fast the deer is moving
d. to symbolize the heart beats of the scared deer
Scroll down for the answer.
This poem is STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS - that is, it is written in the thought process of the narrator. This is not a common method of writing (two books that come to mind are As I Lay Dying and The Death of Jayson Porter. Chances are very high that you will NOT see this term on the NCFinal (or MSL or Common Exam or Smarter Balance or whatever it is called when you see this post); however, there is a chance that it will pop up, and if it does, then you know what it means!
The deer is frightened and, as all deer do when frightened, he is standing perfectly still, shown by the slow, one syllable lines. The correct answer is A.
This is just one of several animal related poems in Bill Griffin's book, Snake Den Ridge: A Bestiary. He is a North Carolina poet and you should check out his other works at his blog: http://griffinpoetry.com/