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Rating: 3.8

You are the bread and the knife,
The crystal goblet and the wine...
-Jacques Crickillon

You are the bread and the knife,
the crystal goblet and the wine.
You are the dew on the morning grass
and the burning wheel of the sun.
You are the white apron of the baker,
and the marsh birds suddenly in flight.

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Shannon Swanson 14 September 2008

This poem isn't about love at all - he's making fun of the overuse of objects as symbols. It's basically showing how symbolism isn't symbolic when over done, not how he loves someone.

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Peachy Keen 15 February 2011

I really loved this poem when my creative writing teacher had us read it. I fell in love with Billy Collins' writing. But this one, yes is about his wife, and yes is a love poem, and yes is completely satirical about symbolization of love. I absolutely love them.

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Gina Sanchez 22 May 2010

Ah, Shannon, come on! A little love surely? ! I agree with you though. It is more comical to me than anything. He is totally making fun metaphors by writing a 'litany' of them. He has a good time with them as he pokes a little fun at (I presume) his wife. It is more about his observations of the relationship than love. He loves her, yes, but that isn't the point. The pine scented air line is hilarious example of the funny style. He portrays himself as such a romantic! Gotta love it.

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yo mama 29 April 2021


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you are the bread and the knife so what are you

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Anonymous 07 December 2020

I know, right? ?

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hhhhggg 30 September 2020


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poopoo 23 March 2021

gg broski got some heals and a shield pot?

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Shia LaBeouf 30 September 2020

I cried for nearly an HOUR after reading this it was just so powerful.

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Anonymous 07 May 2020

Rate this poem from 1-10. I want to see the different opinions you all have.

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