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Brooklyn Cop by Norman MacCaig

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English Int 2 Critical Essay - Section C Poetry Question 7 Choose a poet whose work you enjoy. Referring closely to one or more of his poems, explain how the techniques he uses make his poems enjoyable. The poet I've chosen is Norman MacCaig. The poem "Brooklyn Cop" written by Norman MacCaig, I found extremely interesting as Norman MacCaig used very descriptive language such as "Built like a gorilla but less timid". This simile in the opening contributes a joking manner and gives a light-hearted opening, along with a description of the cop. It's not a very flattering image as it compares the man to a gorilla. The phrase "less timid" shows that he's stronger than a gorilla. This is an interesting phrase as we don't normally associate a gorilla being more timid than a man. ...read more.

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This added to the enjoyment of the poem as it made me feel sympathetic towards the cop. In the phrase "He hoped it, he truly hoped it" the repetition reinforces the fact that he has a domestic side and also evokes sympathy again. I liked the fact that MacCaig was making the cop out to be a human being with feelings instead of a gorilla as this helped me as a reader relate to the cop. "Should tissue tear" and "What clubbings" describe what the cop has to deal with on a day to day basis. I enjoyed this part of the poem because it got the point across to me that anything could happen on the sidewalk of New York where he patrols and the fact that every day could be his last. ...read more.

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"And who would be who have to be his victims" implies that the cop can also be a creator of violence as he has to be in order to stay alive. The phrase "victim" is a strange word to use. However, it did add to my enjoyment of the poem as it made me reflect on the 20th Century. I feel that the phrase "victim" is implying that we are all victims of the 20th Century. Overall, I found the poem of "Brooklyn Cop" extremely enjoyable as it was something I felt I could relate to and I also liked it for the fact it provoked sympathy in me. I really enjoyed the poem as I like a poem which can make me feel some emotion for the person in the poem. I also liked the fact that the poem "Brooklyn Cop" made me reflect on the 20th Century and the dangers the police have to face everyday. ...read more.

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