One would like to advocate “Fast Break” by Edward Hirsch to the grade eight citizens, those who are searching for a dramatic poem in relation with sports. Fast Break, the 109th poem on the Poetry 180 website, which slightly indicates that Billy Collins (the one who creates the webpage) does not draw attention towards sports-related poems, mostly evinces the situation where the basketball team, written in the poem Fast Break, cooperates each other to score a basket, marking as the fast break. Fast break, a ball-games term, is where a team makes a swift attack from its defense position, and scores. In this case, fast break is where a basketball team makes an immediate attack from its own court, scoring a basket. The writer of the poem Edward Hirsch seems to include various poetic techniques, such as metaphor, simile and assonance through the entire poem.
In the first four stanzas, it talks about how one of the players in the teams boxes out his man, gets the rebound and throws it to another player who is hustling to the opponent’s court. Hirsch already expresses the scene in an interesting way by using techniques such as personification, and in typical, with the first four, imageries such as sight. Hirsch seems to use the word “kiss [es]” in the first line of Fast Break “A hook shot kisses the rim and,” using personification, which is a tone that is slight unfamiliar to one. In one’s opinion, Hirsch uses personification in this line to emphasize the scene even more by adding a lively action of “kiss”, creating an easier atmosphere for readers to understand the scene of how the shot from the opponent misses. Sight, one of the imageries, has a main role in the next three stanzas, such as “gangly” in the first line on the second stanza, to furthermore express the looks of the starting center, being able to picture the scene from the reader’s perspective.
In the next eight stanzas, it talks about the action it takes between the player who took the ball, crossovers a slow opponent and both forwards passing the ball to each other, trying to score the basket. Hirsch uses a colloquial language in its dramatic poem, in the second line of the fifth stanza, “flat-footed.” The word “flat-footed” generally means a person who is unable to move quickly, but also unintelligent. Hirsch should have been using a poetic expression instead of a colloquial language. One thinks the poet uses a colloquial language as the matter of fact that it would create a slight more affinity to the readers of the poem. Repetition, a minor poetic technique, expresses significantly at the 11th stanza. “Without,” an ordinary word we usually use in our daily life has been a critical use in the poem, so that everyone could naturally absorb into the atmosphere. This might owe to the fact that one of the effects of repetition is to naturally memorize the phrase due to its importance in the poem.
One should include the techniques that has been in a significant use in the last five stanzas, unfortunately, the word limit is coming to its maximum value, so one would not be able to discuss about it…
Onto one’s perspective about the poem one has been discussing in this post. From one’s opinion, this poem means how a team needs a considerable amount of teamwork in order to achieve a significant ambition. Whenever one, perhaps other readers, reads this poem, it makes one think of the favorite team in the National Basketball Association scoring with a fast break because of its numerous collaboration as a team. The best part of this poem, from one’s perspective, is in the last stanza: “and swiveling back to see an orange blur floating perfectly through the net.” This shows how the ball swishes into the net when the power-forward loses its balance, with a slight intense. However, the most confusing part in this poem is: “until the guard finally lunges out and commits to the wrong man”. One still does not understand what this stanza means… Due to its poem about basketball, this poem cannot be in use at a birthday, or other events except basketball.