Similes In The Poem By Tom Wayman

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Similes and Metaphors Described in “The Poet” He is hard to understand. His thinking level is not as high as others. The way he pronounces words are different. His mind focuses on topics that are not important to most people. It is like he is in another world. Most people cannot comprehend with him. He is lost in his mind. This scenario is a description of a person with disabilities. However, “The Poet” by Tom Wayman is about a poet employing a poem from “A Checklist in Aid in the Detection of Learning Disabilities” and how those disabilities relate to poets. “A Checklist in Aid in the Detection of Learning Disabilities” is a catalog on examples of disabilities and actions people with those problems might have. His poem compares disabilities …show more content…

This can be received in the first stanza, “Loses his position on worksheet or page in textbook/ May speak much but makes little sense” (1-2). This can relate to all poets because it is very difficult for poets to easily put down how they feel. Yet, sometimes the poets wander into their work, and it becomes difficult for the reader to understand. This explains line two because poets can write poems that can be pages long with very specific details, but the reader will not acknowledge the meaning. All poems have to be read more than once, and many times the second reading through is not that helpful. Another example of how this poem is about all poets is in line six, “Cannot handle “ yes-no” questions”. Poets think more in depth about topics so it is very strenuous for them to answer with a simple “yes” or “no”. Poets observe topics in many different ways, and they can have many different viewpoints on a topic. A simple answer is hard for them because they really don’t know how to put their answer in words that make sense right away. In stanza two, Tom Wayman writes, “Cannot tell a story from a picture” (9). This is another great “disability” that all poets in general struggle with. All poets can look at a drawing and see many different stories. They can have many different opinions on the picture that it is difficult for them to tell one story. Poets have to have time to think and comprehend what they will write about, and looking at a picture and figuring that out on the spot is not something they can do well. To conclude, in stanza three Tom Wayman says, “May recognize a word one day and not the next” (14). Poets may understand what a word means one day, but the next day the word could be foreign to them. This is because they can take it in a different meaning the next day. As I have been explaining before, poets somewhat over think everything to the point where they have many feelings

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