Especially the line “You are not presumed to be innocent if the police have reason to suspect you are carrying a concealed wallet.” If the police itself is deliberate, or the evidence is inadequate and incorrect, but there is no reason to be opposed to the objection strongly, then the one who is supposed to be guilty is really had nothing can do but be taken into custody.
This poem uncovered lots of social rules and established fact, with a tone of simple statement, leaving readers lots of sense to brew.
Another poem “The Day Lady Died” was truly vivid but also not depends on visualization evocation as the “We Are Not Responsible.” It’s a poem created largely based on abstract color of certain names. The last image on the poem –“She whispered a song along the keyboard”–is absolutely effective and alive. This image is also the only image of the poem.
The author of this poem, Francis Russell “Frank” O’Hara, was an American writer, and he is poet and art critic as well. Because of his employment as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, O’Hara became prominent in New York City’s art world.
The content of O’Hara’s poetry “The Day Lady Died” feels really personal, his writing sought to capture in his poetry the immediacy of life, feeling that poetry should be “between two persons instead of two pages.” This poem worked as a mournful song for Billie Holiday, in this way of recollected nature expressing, making every reader feels sorrow for her passing away.
At the beginning, “The Day Lady Died” established a tone of easy and daily, just saying the time schedule of the day, so at least the storyline will tend to be usual when reader see it at first sight, first with a glimpse at his watch–12:20:
It is 12:20 in New York a Friday
three days after Bastille day, yes
it is 1959 and I go get a shoeshine
because I will get off the 4:19 in Easthampton
at 7:15 and then go straight to dinner
and I don’t know the people who will feed me.” (O’Hara 1-6)
The whole time line easily described about a-day-in-the-life of Frank O’Hara and his city.
At that day he was in New York City and that day was accidently 3 days after Bastille Day, and then he is going to have a shoeshine. And after that the speaker will take the train out of the city to East Hampton, meeting some of his goods friends. But then things changed differently, and it was until the final four lines in the end that O’Hara brought the statement about the “Lady’s” death. This sequence “get off the 4:19 in Easthampton / at 7:15 and then go straight to dinner,” is fit enough to made here to suppose an anticipation of the end of day, the poet is going to finish his day but the poem is not. The end of the storyline for this poem is interrupted by the subject— the “New York post”. The submit is the found of “Lady’s” death and there seems an ineffaceable recall of the connection of so many seemingly unrelated random action on a really ordinary day.
Next, the speaker recounted general routine schedule himself, he then starts strolling and hanging out the road. After finished lunch, he bought literary journal. What shocked him is that the bank clerk didn’t inform the or even look his balance in the bank account. The speaker went to a store to buy books as present for his friends. Then he went to wine shop wanted to looking for tasty and fascinating booze to send to another friend. After all this done, he wanted a cigar for enjoy, so he stepped back and found the tobacco store in the corner and then had a smoke, when he raised his head and look around he found a copy of a newspaper with Billie Holiday’s face on the cover—The New York post in the poem. Actually, he is a faithful and loyal fan of her! What astonishing! Billie Holiday has passed away! Then the speaker took the newspaper along with his cigarettes.
With time went by, the speaker is recall his moment with the previous time in grief, at that time he heard she sing a song at a club, named “5 Spot.” The speaker was leaning against the door of bathroom when hearing this sentence “whispered a song along the keyboard.” During and after the song, all the audience in the club all held their breath like wore in the poem, keep full attention absorbing themselves deeply in her song.
“The Day Lady Died” is a definitely touching monody as a poem, in spite of the poem’s first focus on the poet’s self but then there appeared the descriptions the death of a great singer who is passed away at the age of 44; there is surely a shock that the author is intended to arouse. There is a vivid contrast and comparison between the dynamic of the living man, attending to the lots of meetings and fulfill much tasks, and the dead singer.
To sum up, each has its own merits as I analyzed in the paper. “The Day Lady Died” bearded the sorrow of the lost star then it leaved the audience breathless while “We are not responsible” reveals the social rules and it uncovered the author’s bold critical thinking and expression of the established facts. Obviously, although the two poems share the similarity of expressing author’s sense about some facts, we can draw the conclusion that the two poem’s comparison and different poem lies in the content itself, the ways author used to construct the content and organize the poem storyline.