Todd Boss Poem

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Groundling, where fore art thou groundling. In the epitaph, “My Love for You Is So Embarrassingly” by Todd Boss, the speaker is stuck in an internal ponder between his head and his heart. The title alone emphasizes how grand his love is for the auditor. Then, as the poem progresses he makes a point to show how devotion is taken for granted. This poem differs from your traditional love poem because the speaker challenges his feelings. He is essentially questioning love’s worth because of the other emotions it brings with it. The used literary devices show how the author believes love is a complex emotion. The poem was written in 2011, but it constantly refers to the past by using allusion. This can be symbolic of how the speaker most likely…show more content…
In line five, he sets the scene by using the word there. He is “there: with binoculars, dear, you can just make me out, in a gondola window, wildly flapping both arms as the ship’s shadow moves across the country…I pull that oblong shadow along behind me wherever I go. It is so big, and goes so slowly, it alters ground temperatures noticeably, makes housewives part kitchen curtains, wrings whimpers from German Shepherds” (Boss). In lines eight to nine, the imagery shows a shift in tone in which the speaker is trying to get over the auditor both figuratively and literally by flying over her. In lines thirteen to fifteen, the writer uses imagery to depict a sort of white picket fence life he feels he is too late for because the auditor has moved on. The diction creates the sounds of the poem, which consists of slant rhymes, alliteration. The slant rhyming such as groundling and elephantine, ocean and can, shadow and I pull, wherever and alters, wrings and this, moon and ground symbolizes how the speaker and auditor were close but not a match. The only rhymes in the poem is fabric titanic which emphasizes how his love is love is destined to be sunk and wheels and heels which emphasize how the speaker is being left behind. The alliteration of dirigible devotion emphasizes how he is not the one in control and how devoted he is to the auditor. the alliteration of wrings whimpers emphasizes not only how strong the love is but his own expression of discontent. The free verse format suggests a certain type of speaking from the heart because the poet is not restricted by meter or rhyming. The diction creates the shifting
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