Literature, Values and Social Change- Narrative Elements: Discuss the narrative elements of Tom Wayman's work titled "The Country of Everyday: Literary Criticism"

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Narrative Elements

Sometimes a piece of work or written word touches the soul of a reader so much that rules no longer count or matter. This assignment is supposed to discuss the narrative elements of two essays or poems. The elements to be discussed are between a piece of fiction and that of non-fiction. There will only be one story discussed here. Allusions will be made referencing other stories; however they will not be the heart or soul of this paper.

Tom Wayman's work titled "The Country of Everyday: Literary Criticism" is the truest form of poetry the writer of this paper has ever read. The story only spans two and a half pages, seventy two stanzas. One cannot count the words because to count the words means reading them again. In so doing one will find oneself caught up into the gritty reality of what it means to be a worker in modern society in juxtaposition to that of a artistic poet out of touch with that reality.

The words are life. The opening stanzas recount the enthusiasm and impatience of youth that ends in ultimate tragedy. The death is described in horrific and yet beautiful detail.

"There was a flash and he just folded over onto his side and turned black: his ears melted.

There were two holes burned into the pavement where his knees were"(p. 250 ¶2)

This scene in reality is followed over the next two paragraphs; by the description of the poet gagging on a crucifix, discovering rats within ones heart, or the bowl of fire burning in the knot of ones stomach. Mr. Wayman points an accusing finger to the high mighty poet who is living an altruistic life, when the beauty of death is right in front of them for the taking.