Wednesday, February 24, 2010
When I first read the poem, I did not know what to make of it at first. I thought it was a wild imagining of a fork and nothing more. However, as I reread the poem, I started to realize Simic was taking the mundane and making it grotesquely surreal. A simple, boring fork all of a sudden becomes something "right out of hell" that is worn around a "cannibal's neck" and is the foot of a "large, bald, beakless, and blind" bird. Simic forces the reader to rethink what a fork is and in the process teaches one to really look at things for what they are. In this case, a simple fork, whose existence we take for granted, is transformed into the surreal object it really is when one stops to think of it. The fork becomes foreign and alien to us as we begin to realize that we do not understand everything around us, including objects such as forks. In this way, Simic forces the reader to rethink the world around them as being surreal and alienating.
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