The poem I found most interesting in the Figures of Speech chapter was “Money” by Dana Gioia. In the poem Dana Gioia uses several metaphors to compare money to the long green in golf, to dough, to greenbacks, to gold coins (double eagles), to lottery (megabucks) and to mortgages (Ginnie Maes). In addition to metaphors, Dana Gioia also uses personification in line 13 by giving a human reproductive attribute to money with “Money breeds money” and also in line 18 by giving money the ability to talk with “And it talks.” My second favorite verse of the poem is the fourth verse, “It greases the palm, feathers a nest, / holds heads above water, / makes both ends meet.” I enjoyed this verse because the use of imagery I felt was powerful in this instance because I imagined the “greases the palm” as an engine that is causing some force to move. The “feathers a nest” part I imagined something being built and the “holds heads above water” as survival for whatever was built. Finally “makes both ends meet” I imagined fairness and a way to resolve problems using money. My favorite part of the poem was the last verse, “Money. You don’t know where it’s been, / but you put it where your mouth is. / And it talks.” I enjoyed this part the most because I don’t know if many people can claim to not have made a bet based on money or using the saying “put your money where your mouth is.” Therefore I believe it is clear to any reader that the pun Dana Gioia uses in this verse causes the reader to think of putting money in your mouth or near your mouth while at the same time thinking of this saying “put your money where your mouth is.” 


07/20/2011 10:05

I also wrote about this poem because I thought it was interesting. I would agree with you that Gioia effectively illustrates figures of speech in her poem. I also found the last line to be interesting because it seems to be true. Money is dirty but we still put it in our mouths to let it talk for us...aka make bets.

03/16/2014 15:16

Dana Gioia is a man. He is a ex stockbroker gone poet and he is in a position of power thanks to George Dubya Bush and nobody anywhere will actually criticize his shallow use of cliches in this poem. Want a real lesson in poetry? Put down this poem from a textbook Dana put together for colleges everywhere, and don't use cliches in a poem unless you are using it in a way nobody has ever seen before. You know, like to give something a NEW meaning? not using words people have said so often that absolutely anybody could have written this poem.

05/01/2012 07:36

you know Dana is a male not a female Jithin


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