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  • Archetypes are symbols, themes, settings, or characters that have a common meaning in an entire culture, or even the entire human race.
  • Enjambment is a line that has no pause or end punctuation…but has uninterrupted grammatical meaning continuing into the next line.
  • Blank verse is considered unrhymed iambic pentameter.
  • Aimee nezhukumatathil

    1. 1. Aimee Nezhukumatathil
    3. 3. Biography and Accomplishments Born in Chicago of Filipino and  Awards include: Indian descent  Balcones Prize Graduated from Ohio State  At the Drive-In Volcano University  Tupelo Press Prize  Received degrees in  ForeWord Magazine’s English, Poetry, and Creative Book of the Year Non-Fiction  Global Filipino Award Author of three poetry  Miracle Fruit collections  Miracle Fruit (2003)  Snail’s Pace Press Prize  Fishbone (2000)  At the Drive-In Volcano (2007)  Aimee’s first chapbook  Lucky Fish (2011)
    4. 4. At the Drive-In Volcano  Descriptions for her style of poetry:  Jovial and accessible  Uses lush descriptions of exotic foods and landscapes  Uses her ethnic background to give a unique expression on love, loss, and nature.  Notable LITERARY ELEMENTS:  Similes/Metaphors  Symbolism  Tone (Casual)  Enjambment  Blank Verse
    5. 5. How the Robin’s  Simile is used briefly when the poet explains theBreast Became similarities between the robin’s breast and “…the Red center of a tulip”.“I know someone will say it  Archetypes (universal symbols) are used: is more rust or even  Symbolic color (RED/ORANGE) orange. The glow of a campfire. A stub of  Used to bring forth images of blood or fire cigarillo thrown on the  Conjures emotional ideas of passion.street. More like the center of a tulip, a guitar of the  Noticeable when Aimee describes “…a man I loved. Robins will robin’s breast first splashed red when it never suffer a corpse to remain unburied but tried to pluck out the thorns from Christ’s instead. cover the body brow…”with leaves, bits of string…”  Tone seems to be reflective and optimistic:  Given the symbolism found, it seems as though the robin, the image of Christ, and the idea of death itself are used to tell a pleasant story of re- incarnation.
    6. 6.  Uses metaphors to describe feelings and the idea of an engagement: Flashlight  “When I tried to sugar my iced Fish coffee, all the granules sank bottom of the glass and stayed, to the no matter how hard I stirred. It’s like that. “Ever since he Just when I think no one could or placed would- he stays and stays, sweetens the deal after all.” a ring on  Uses metaphors to describe meaningful, powerful my objects: finger, I am  The symbolic ring is being compared to a flashlight fish:drawn to the light  “Lite-Brite bacteria live under of the flashlight fish…” the eye on my hand  Enjambment is slightly used: and have  Enjambment is clear in the way the most of the lines carry nearly driven off grammatical meaning on to the next without so much punctuation the road  Tone is very dramatic and reflective: hypnotized as  The heavy use of symbolism and metaphors help solidify theif I am standing in idea of how powerful the relationship with her husband has snow…” come to be
    7. 7. Fugu Soup  Vivid imagery is used to describe this culinary delicacy: Blues  “Consider the way the porcupine fish dies…when a “Nothing good can cleaver comes near its head, it even winces…” come out of eating  Tone is eloquently adventurous, but can also something named be urgent:porcupine fish. It’s like playing Russian  Aimee’s description of this traditional Japanese dish seems to go back in forth between caution and wanting.Roulette when you cookit—the pulse of toxin in  Symbolism is abundant:its sweet little body can  Japanese proverb is added as an introduction to her kill thirty men…” poem:  “Those who eat fugu soup are stupid. Those who don’t eat fugu soup are also stupid”  The idea of experiencing this dish is equivalent to life being full of risks. Those who want to enjoy life completely are compelled to play Russian Roulette. Eating fugu soup is an experience one needs to have…even if it might prove to be fatal. It’s all about seeking the thrill out of life itself.
    8. 8.  Tone is very casual and conversationalFirst Fool  Blank verse seems to be used:  “In Ohio, the first fool is often jogging/the “I thought it was a side slit in his shorts flapping/dangerously Midwestern thing high and open—like wind/on the side of a but here he is mountain. In Wisconsin…” again: the first  Artistic and abstracts elements arefool wearing shorts in this entire town included: and it’s only fifty-  “They know better. The pale scissors oftwo degrees here in this guy’s legs always cut me up. All that’s Western New left of me is a paper snowflake—nothing York…” but folds and tiny diamond holes.”
    9. 9. Works Cited Aimee Nezhukumatathil. 2011. Web. 29 Apr. 2011. Dr. Wheeler’s Website—Literary Vocabulary. 1998. Web. 7 May 2011. Nezhukumatathil, Aimee. At the Drive-In Volcano. North Adams: Tupelo Press, 2011. Print.