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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Insomnia Dana Gioia Now you hear what the house has to say.Pipes clanking, water running in the dark,the mortgaged walls shifting in discomfort,and voices mounting in an endless droneof small complaints like the sounds of a familythat year by year youve learned how to ignore.But now you must listen to the things you own,all that youve worked for these past years, the murmur of property, of things in disrepair,the moving parts about to come undone,and twisting in the sheets remember allthe faces you could not bring yourself to love. How many voices have escaped you until now,the venting furnace, the floorboards underfoot,the steady accusations of the clocknumbering the minutes no one will mark. The terrible clarity this moment brings,the useless insight, the unbroken dark. Insomnia (n.):Habitual sleeplessness; inability to sleep. Denice VillarPoetry Analysis Dana Gioia uses personificationin order to illustrate the occurencesin the poem. For instance,"the mortaged walls shiftingin discomfort" or "the steadyaccusations of the clock.".The use of personificationgives readers the insightinto the imagery andmeaning of the poem. In addition,the use of personification allows readers to depict thesymbolism in all of theinadimate objects which are heard. Insomnia regards the realizationof what it's like beingall alone. Throughoutthe stanzas, there's a gradually progression inthe narrator's realization. The firststanza embarks the listening toall the sounds. The sense ofhearing plays a major role. Inthe poem, there's a vastamount of detail in what'sheard rather than what's seen.The second stanza symbolizes theneed for change to be inflicted. Thenarrator illustrates the need as needingan escape from drowning in distress:"the moving parts about to come undone".The third stanza and final stanza unravelsas the conclusion of the narrator acceptinghe can't bring himself to change.:"The terrible clarity this moment brings,the useless insight, the unbroken dark."
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