Analyzing Olds 'Poem On The Subway'

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Sharon Olds in the poem, “On the Subway,” reveals the encounter of a black boy and a white lady as they travel on a train. Olds was able to establish the contrast of the two people with different races by the use of imagery, tone, and poetic devices. Olds was able to use imagery to enhance her writing and to contrast the difference between the black boy and the white woman. “His feet are huge, in black sneakers laced with white in a complex pattern like a set of intentional scars.” In this image Olds describes the boy who is separated from her by using a simile to compare the complex pattern to the intentional scars. “He has the casual cold look of a mugger alert under hooded lids.” In this image the author was able to reveal the fear that
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