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Help! Who is the speaker of this Poem????

Discussion in 'UO Siege Perilous' started by Guest, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. Guest

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    Radio Thin Air by Nick Flynn

    Keep the radio on softly
    So it sounds like two people in the next
    Room, maybe
    Your parents, speaking calmly about something
    Important—a lack
    Of cash, the broken
    Cellar pump. Marconi believed
    We are wrapped in voices, that waves
    Never die, merely space themselves
    Farther & farther apart,
    Passing through the ether he imagined
    Floating the planets. But wander
    Into the kitchen & no one
    will be there, the tiny red eye of the radio, songs
    That crawl through walls,
    Voices pulled from air. Marconi
    Wanted to locate the last song
    The band on the deck of the Titanic played,
    What Jesus said
    On the cross, he kept dialing
    The frequency, staring across the Atlantic,
    His ear to the water,
    There, can you hear it?



    The question is Who is the speaker of the poem?
     
  2. I really do not know, but my guess is: Carl Sagan
    He did something similar on his show 'COSMOS'.

    *stares*
    Yahaxithonix
     
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    The writer is Nick Flynn. The question is who is the speaker in the poem. After determining whom the speaker is, I have to write an essay on the speaker.

    I don’t believe there is a wrong answer. It’s your interpretation of the poem.
     
  4. Scuzzlebutt

    Scuzzlebutt Babbling Loonie
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    Sounds like gibberish to me...
     
  5. well, lets look at it line by line.
    <font color="red">Keep the radio on softly </font>Obviously 'radio' is just poet speak for the noises made during sexual intercourse - so for some reason the speaker needs to be quiet while bangin'
    <font color="red">So it sounds like two people in the next </font>Ah, be quiet to place the blame on others?
    <font color="red">Room, maybe</font>Blaming people next door? lets see why...
    <font color="red">Your parents, speaking calmly about something</font>ahh, because the parents are nearby, talking...
    <font color="red">Important—a lack</font> they are talking about something important, a lack of something important.
    <font color="red">Of cash, the broken </font>cash... of course, they are low on cash, and something is broken.
    <font color="red">Cellar pump. Marconi believed </font>The cellar pump is broken, and they dont have the cash to fix it. Marconi, could this be the same marconi that helped pioneer the development of the radio? It must be - but since we know 'radio' is poet speak for making love, 'Marconi', in this case, must be a reference to a pimp. Now this pimp has strong convictions and blieved...
    <font color="red">We are wrapped in voices, that waves</font>that we are always surrounded by the urge for sexual intercourse ('voices' from the 'radio')
    <font color="red">Never die, merely space themselves </font>and these urges never go away... they just get held back-
    <font color="red">Farther &amp; farther apart, </font>for longer and longer periods of time.
    <font color="red">Passing through the ether he imagined </font>through a magical world of free love that the pimp thougth up
    <font color="red">Floating the planets. But wander </font>keeping our universe in sync - but sometimes have other effects
    <font color="red">Into the kitchen &amp; no one </font>coloser to home, in our personal lives but, no one...
    <font color="red">will be there, the tiny red eye of the radio, songs </font>is actually in this magical free love univserse (because it doesn;t exsist). The small portion of our lives that is actually occupied by sex, the act of sex
    <font color="red">That crawl through walls, </font> that does get into our lives
    <font color="red">Voices pulled from air. Marconi </font>that act of sex is was pulled from down the street (by the pimp). The pimp...
    <font color="red">Wanted to locate the last song </font>wants to turn one last trick
    <font color="red">The band on the deck of the Titanic played, </font>A wicked trick that was doomed to failure
    <font color="red">What Jesus said </font> I have no idea how this line fits in.
    <font color="red">On the cross, he kept dialing </font> The pimp was being sacraficed (maybe a snitch turned him in?), so he kept looking for that trick
    <font color="red">The frequency, staring across the Atlantic, </font>but by golly, he looked far and wide for the trick
    <font color="red">His ear to the water, </font>and listened.
    <font color="red">There, can you hear it?</font> and then he found the trick - it was the speaker.

    Easy answer: the speaker is the prostitute getting being forced to do work in her(or maybe his) own house, next door to her/his parents, because she/he wants to hook them up with money to fixe a pump. Gosh, anyone coulda answered that easily.
     
  6. Scuzzlebutt

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    Yeah... what he said.
     
  7. Guest

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    1). Sounds like the Stratics Siege Perilous forum to me...

    voices blathering thru the ether over and over again
    rinse repeat same old same voices caught in the ether
    traveling the speed of sound
    rolling echoing sound waves
    tide rolls in tide rolls out
    voices blathering
    traveling the speed of sound
    for all eternity
    can ya hear em
    echoing throughout all time
    unchanged, whines
    unchanged, cheers/geers
    unchanged, opinions
    positive negative, both
    can ya hear em/us ?

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    2).How can one determine whom the speaker is ?

    What any one heard said,
    how old is the sound wave
    how old are those voices

    where are the words coming from ?

    what time or space or even planet or galaxy

    whom is speaking as sound waves
    voices travel thru the universe
    echoing as they travel their journey
    through the ages of time and space
    voices traveling the speed of sound
    across the airwaves of, time ?

    You may hear it today
    I may have heard it 20 yrs ago
    Moses may have heard it centuries ago
    and someone yet to be born
    will hear it spoken in the future,
    in sound wave that same message spoken,
    traveled o'ver speed of sound
    centuries from now.
    We have entered the twilight zone.

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    3). or just do an essay on Queen singing Radio Gahgah [​IMG]
     
  8. Maleeka

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    This poem is from a collection of poems by Nick Flynn called Some Ether. The poems were about his difficult childhood and his mother's suicide. He is the "narrator". Marconi is referring to Guglielmo Marconi who is known for developing the radiotelegraph system...beginning the experiments in his home and finally moving outside and successfully transmitting across the Atlantic. The two radio operators on the Titanic were employed by Marconi International Communication Company.

    Does any of that help?
     
  9. Nerf-Herder

    Nerf-Herder Guest

    You got all of that from watching Jeopardy didn't ya?
     
  10. <blockquote><hr>

    The writer is Nick Flynn. The question is who is the speaker in the poem. After determining whom the speaker is, I have to write an essay on the speaker.

    I don’t believe there is a wrong answer. It’s your interpretation of the poem.

    [/ QUOTE ]Essay for a writing class? I sure you come up with your own idea!
    Try walking throughout all eternity then look into a mirror for example.
    Do that freewriting!

    *stares*
    Yahaxithonix
     
  11. Guest

    Guest Guest

    No she got all that from living in Nebraska, its where all the really smart people set up residence!
     
  12. Maleeka

    Maleeka Guest

    <blockquote><hr>

    No she got all that from living in Nebraska, its where all the really smart people set up residence!

    [/ QUOTE ]

    QFT *smiles*