Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil
Makes budget noodles
Less of a
Brought to the boil
Any plan to foil
His enjoyment of
Such cheap flour
Is rendered useless, with
Sesame oil

The manner in which the author places emphasis on verb 'toils' and later the concrete noun 'coils' by attributing each word with their oen respective line, suggests that these lexical devices are of tantamount  importance within the verse. If one were to read the poem with a critical focus on its allusions to modern society, it could perhaps be inferred that the 'Toil' of which the author speaks is in fact referring the toil of mankind, which through all its hard work, only ever 'Coils': perhaps alluding to the concept of a closed loop system in which no progress is ever made but rather that which exists already within said loop is purely sustained. The structure of the verse, both beginning and ending with the words 'Sesame oil', reinforces the idea of a loop, whilst also bringing a reference to Western society's dependence on 'oil' into the poetic commentary.

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