“Hello Bones” By Robert DeMaria Analysis Essay
Poetry Analysis Essay
Following the guidelines you have been given in class.
Compose a multi-paragraph analytical essay in which you address, among other things, who the speaker of the poem is, whether anyone can speak to his or her bones, and whether the point of view is effective.
Also, address what you think the theme of the poem might be and whether the poem is a fantasy.
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your final draft must conform to MLA 8th edition documentation style.
In class, you will be told the due
No analysis of the poem is available online or elsewhere.
Hello Bones poem
By Robert DeMaria
I hear you rattling down there
Inside my fat flesh.
Just do your job and shut up.
I don’t have to be constantly reminded
That you support me,
That your joints ache,
That you marrow is overworked.
Don’t talk to me about early retirement.
What the hell do you think I am, anyhow,
A federal penitentiary?
I am only human. I need you.
Where would I be without you?
I’d fall apart.
I’d collapse like an empty coat
Dropped in a heap on the floor.
And then what?
Source: DeMaria, Robert. “Hello Bones.” The College Handbook of Creative Writing.” 4th ed.,
Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014, p. 110.
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