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poiuytry | 11:17 Sun 18th Jan 2015 | Arts & Literature
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Please analyze this poem and share the theme

DÉCOR

My covetous eye casts over you,
taking you apart. I’d like a trophy of you
for every room of the house.

The bend of your cocked wrist
in the join of a rafter to the wall;
an eyebrow floated in a cut-glass bowl;

and instead of an antimacassar
draping my overstuffed chair,
a crochet netting of your veins.

Something authoritative,
asymmetrical, perhaps
a bit outré. Featuring that spiral-

shaped mystery of gravitation,
making the room attend it,
composed, aware of distances.

What better in my front hall
with its fan light, its tall
mirrors, than the immaculate

roundness of your plump heel
and toes—substantial, rococo,
a handle for my front door:

warm to the touch,
it turns easily, opens….
You can go now.

—Monica Youn

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It's certainly valedictory, don't think it's a death. The words 'covetous' and 'trophy' make me think. The speaker is 'letting go' another with whom there has been a physical relationship, so far as I can interpret. I also think that the equation of the physical attributes of the 'loved' one with the home of the speaker indicates the importance of the...
20:46 Sun 18th Jan 2015
It doesn't rhyme.
It doesn't scan.
It's not a poem.
It does seem a bit disjointed, like the object of the poets affections.
For my generation FF (old fart) poems rhyme and scan.
To me, it reads like a tribute to someone who's dying.
It's certainly valedictory, don't think it's a death. The words 'covetous' and 'trophy' make me think. The speaker is 'letting go' another with whom there has been a physical relationship, so far as I can interpret. I also think that the equation of the physical attributes of the 'loved' one with the home of the speaker indicates the importance of the surroundings and the need for security and self. This is far more complex than can be dealt with in this forum. It needs an essay.
'You can go now' indicates giving permission, is it genuine to someone who has been used sexually by a control freak or an attempt to regain some self-respect after a failed relationship. 'Trophy' can work with either.
I assume you can do your own metric/structural analysis and were looking for a clue as to the meaning. I've read it 3 times now and could write quite a lot about it. I've given you the directions in which you should be looking, now do it! I think the equation of body and house is important.
That seems like a really helpful answer, jourdain. I notice however that the OP has now closed her AB account.
Hmmmm! factor-fiction

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