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Mr Cogito's Alienations, analysis of the poem

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Introduction

Mr Cogito's Alienations The poem Mr Cogito's Alienations expresses the feelings of a man, who feels obstructed and lonely, although he is beside his sleeping lover. It is a very vague poem, and therefore allows the reader to interpret it in different ways. The tone of the poem is quite gentle and philosophical. The name of the persona in the poem, 'Mr Cogito', comes from the Latin saying, 'Cogito ego sum' meaning, 'I think therefore I am', which emphasizes the fact that that the whole poem is about the man's thoughts. The sentence "impenetrable/ like a stone" could imply that the poet has this "someone" outside of him, that is indifferent to feelings. This brings a cold and mysterious tone, and helps create this lonely atmosphere. The word "alone", which is the only word on line 27, reminds this at the end of the poem. ...read more.

Middle

There is no set rhythm pattern in the poem, and the speed varies with the different lengths of the sentences. The lack of punctuations, usually used to quicken the pace at which the poem should be read, has the opposite effect because of enjambment, which breaks our pace. The sentence "and he goes away/alone" emphasizes the word "alone", which makes the persona seem rather lonely. However, I also think that this lack of punctuations, although it does not quicken the pace so much, highlights this idea that the poem is mainly the persona's thought, and therefore appears as a flash to the reader. The effect of the language implied is different from what it should be. The language used is quite simple, such as "strange", or "gently". However, this simple vocabulary involves more complex imagery. The lack of pronouns makes it very vague who the "sleeping head" is. ...read more.

Conclusion

He wants to share something with his lover, but clearly show that it isn't the case by describing the "warm [...] head" as having its "own blood" and "own skin". He repeats "strange" twice in the poem, when talking about his lover, which bring again this sense of mystery in the poem. The word "alone" represented on its own in the second to last line emphasizes the lonely atmosphere. In conclusion, we can see how the poet uses complex imagery and opposite effects to show this sense of confusion and loneliness. As the word 'alienation' in the title emphasizes, the persona feels isolated and not sharing something with his lover that he should be. The fact that the poet made the poem quite vague makes us think more deeply about the persona's way of thinking, and it leaves us with this quick image of the scene: A man with his lover at night, thinking that something is wrong with him, or his lover. ...read more.

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