Essay about The Core of The Triangular Pear

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The Core of The Triangular Pear

The beatnik poetry of Andrei Voznesensky shows an evolving image of America from a Russian standpoint. In his poem “The Triangular Pear,” Voznesensky has no agenda to show the positive nature of Russia, or the negative effects of capitalism. Instead, his sole concern is to discover the core of America, to answer the age-old question, “What is America? Where can she be found?” To do this, he must search both extrinsically and intrinsically. Voznesensky shows this search throughout the poem by constantly scaling. His imagery goes up and down, as does his presentation of the piece. Furthermore, this poem is fast paced, which adds to the feeling of constant movement. “The Triangular Pear” is split into two
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To a certain extent, the discovery of America is also a discovery of himself.

The speaker reminds the reader of the title in lines 7-11. In these lines, each line is a step he must take in order to travel downwards. He “peel[s] the skin from the planet” and “Cut through the crust/ and go down/ into the depths of things” (7 and 9). Once again there is double imagery of scaling, in his words and the presentation of those words. When the speaker goes “down/ into the depths…” he is doing so metaphorically and searches for the truth. The speaker brings America back into the equation with his next line by using the subway in a simile to describe the idea of having to go down and travel to the location of truth. Line 13 is the only time that reader actually sees the triangular pears. “Down there grow triangular pears;/ I seek the naked souls they contain.” So while within the depths of the Earth, the speaker must go through even more layers to find the “souls.” He stubbornly continues to seek understanding by “incessantly” prying into the fruit and not “relent[ing]” (18-19). The speaker shows his independence from old ideas and his need to discover his own truth when he admonishes the reader, “Do not be misled/ if they say your watermelon’s green when in fact it’s red.” The next two lines are images of determination and stubbornness; a dog and cleaver both will chew until there is nothing left.

In the last part of prelude one, one

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