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Love In Brooklyn

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Love In BrooklynBy: John Wakeman

Similiar PoemFor one brief golden moment rare like wine,The gracious city swept across the line;Oblivious of the color of my skin,Forgetting that I was an alien guest,She bent to me, my hostile heart to win,Caught me in passion to her pillowy breast;The great, proud city, seized with a strange love,Bowed down for one flame hour my pride to prove.

The following audio clip includes the sounds of a restaurant. I chose this audio clip because the poem takes place in a Brooklyn bar, therefore I wanted viewers of this presentation to feel the ambiance of the setting so they could further connect with the characters in the poem.

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ArtworkThe paintings featured in this presentation are relevant to the poem because of their setting and obvious romance.

About The PoetJohn Wakeman has published two books of poetry- his most recent entitled 'A Sea Family: New and Selected Poems'. For twelve years John co-edited the UK poetry magazine 'The Rialto.' He then moved to Ireland and founded THE SHOP: A MAGAZINE OF POETRY in 1999. Although he is an American publisher, Wakeman edited major reference books on contemporary world literature and on world film directors. Not only that, but he has also published reviews, essays and short stories, and given talks on RTÉ and the BBC. He also contributed to the Encyclopaedia of Ireland. In the poem 'Love in Brooklyn' a successful businessman is attempting to seduce a young, beautiful secretary in a bar. This clever man uses similes (he compares the woman to a tank) and emotion in an attempt to win her over. I believe John wrote this poem because he took a trip to New York City where he observed its citizens and their (stereotypical) way of life.

Paraphrase Action: In this poem a New York City businessman makes an attempt to seduce his beautiful secretary in a Brooklyn bar. He flirts with her, orders drinks and makes her feel sympathetic for him when he confesses his feelings.Speaker: I believe that the speaker of this poem could be a bystander of the situation. Because the poem is in the third person point of view, there could be a person sitting near the couple listening to their conversation and observing their behavior.Literary Devices:Line 14, Imagery - In this part of the poem I picture the woman (Horowitz) leaning back in her chair and smiling at the businessman. When I think of her, I see a clean cut lady in a gray suit with a professional hairstyle.Lines 11 - 13, Simile - In this part of the poem John Wakeman uses similes to compare Horowitz to a tank, and a tank to a god.Line 6, Consonance - In this line of the poem Wakeman has the female character repeat the dialogue "You wanna bet?".Lines 11 - 13, Allusion - John's reference/comparison to the tank, a god and Horowitz.Lines 6 - 10, Characterization - The way the male in the poem describes Horowitz makes her sound childlike and bubbly. He explains that he watched her spin in her chair like a kid, which is when his love for her was ignited.Tone: The overall tone of this poem could be described as romantic and guileless. The man's attitude toward the woman he loves as well as her reaction to his feelings makes for a somewhat innocent and childlike love affair.Title: The title of this poem (Love in Brooklyn) is literal. A businessman literally confesses his feelings to the woman he loves in a Brooklyn bar. Message: I believe that the message the author is trying to get across through this poem is that love is innocent and painful. The rejection and childlike behavior in this poem causes readers to feel sympathy for the man involved.


"I love you, Horowitz," he said, and blew his nose.She splashed her drink. "The hell you say," she said."Not love. You don't love me. You like my legs,and how I make your letters nice and all.You drunk your drink too fast. You don't love me." 5"You wanna bet?" he asked. "You wanna bet?I loved you from the day they moved you upfrom Payroll, last July. I watched you, right?You sat there on that typing chair you haveand swung round like a kid. It made me shake. 10Like once, in World War II, I saw a tankslide through some trees at dawn like it was a god.That's how you make me feel. I don't know why."She turned towards him, then sat back and grinned,and on the bar stool swung full circle round. 15"You think I'm like a tank, you mean?" she asked."Some fellers tell me nicer things than that."But then she saw his face and touched his armand softly said, "I'm only kidding you."He ordered drinks, the same again, and paid. 20A fat man, wordless, staring at the floor.She took his hand in hers and pressed it hard.And his plump fingers trembled in her lap.

Abigail LongsdorfPeriod 1


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