Stoutenburg's Reel One: An Analysis

Everyone loses their perception of reality once in a while,
although others live in a dream world all their lives. Adrien Stoutenburg
looks into the ideas of what is real and what is fantasy in his poem, Reel
One. He explores the idea of how a movie can relate to and affect our
lives. He does this through the use of metaphors and vivid images that we
can understand in many different ways.
Stoutenburg's first body paragraph describes the movie he and his
companion are watching. He seems to get caught up in the moment, captured
in the sequence of frames that rush by his face. Every second is a part of
him; he can not seem to distinguish between real life and the movies. ...

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can explore something that he cannot in real life.
Stoutenburg or the person he is writing about does not seem to want to live
outside of this fantastic dreamscape.
Although Stoutenburg is with his girl friend throughout the whole
poem, he does not make mention of her until the second body paragraph, "I
held my girl's hand," (line 9). He is so caught up in the movie that he
fails to acknowledges her existence. In lines sixteen through eighteen you
can feel Stoutenburg's obsession for the movies. Although it is beautiful
writing, the image is portrayed that long after he is out of the movie
theater he can still hear the sound track, and that only now does it start
to fade away.
Stoutenburg's passion leads to a few great things, one, thought
that explores the ideas of reality on different levels, but also metaphors
that could only get across perceptions of what he saw and heard, with
images and sounds that we can relate to in our reality. "guns gleamed like
cars ...

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Added: 5/28/2004 06:37:19 AM
Category: Poetry & Poets
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