"The Pitcher," by Robert Francis. Read or listen to the poem.
This is a poem about the art of pitching a baseball. Nobody really thinks about the motion that goes into pitching and also the mind of a pitcher and the thoughts they have. However, this poem is interesting, because it can be interpreted in another way. This poem can also be about the art of writing poetry. The speaker is insisting that a poet writes poetry as a pitcher would throw a ball. A poet writes and arranges words precisely so it is beautifully written and read, but at the same time it has to be vague, so that the reader takes time into appreciate every word.
~Sae Rom Park, UW-Eau Claire student, English 348
April is National Poetry Month! UW-Eau Claire students in English 348 (Topics in American Literature) are celebrating National Poetry Month with the McIntyre Library.
Featured poems will be listed here in the order they appear on the blog.