January 12, 2011 5:01 AM Subscribe
Can't remember a poem about drowning, and I think it has a mention of a "piston". Can anyone help?
posted by asymptotic to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
A long time ago I studied a poem in a secondary school English class. It is depressing and vivid and the overall plot is of a person drowning, and emphasises how painful and traumatic the experience is.
In particular, the poem distinctly shifts in tone and vocabulary as it progresses; in the beginning it is very much about humanity and feelings, whereas by the end the biology of the drowner is deconstructed into mechanical parts, including, at one point, the word "piston" being mentioned.
That's all I remember! Does anyone know this poem? My Google-foo is not strong enough.