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Cause And Effect

Charles Bukowski

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2004-02-11
Added by: dx7
the best feel it to an extent that's painful. the worst, which is most, feel nothing but themselves.
2004-03-10
Added by: El Barto Smogg
However it may be dark, this is a very funny poem.
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2005-01-03
Added by: Linnea
i didnt like this one. it would be a good beginning for a poem, but there isnt enough information such as WHY some people who've commited suicide want to get away from thier families, etc. this one was a good start, but in the end, there was no real insight.
2005-01-04
Added by: Lisa G.
I thought this poem was rather witty and did sort of explain why the best people are trying to get away. There are a few things we know about the people left behind: they are not the best people, and they cannot understand why anyone would want to get away from them. This makes them appear conceited and insensitive.

These are not the type of people who would be able to appreciate the true worth of others. Their exasperating and unjustifiable arrogance is perhaps what makes the truly superior people want to exit the world. I find this poem similar in thought to e.e. cummings' "pity this busy monster, manunkind."
Irony?
2005-03-23
Added by: Kelly
"i didnt like this one. it would be a good beginning for a poem, but there isnt enough information such as WHY some people who've commited suicide want to get away from thier families, etc. this one was a good start, but in the end, there was no real insight."

I found that comment to be quite ironic. I think that this poem is not only for those who are arrogant and whom it is obvious people would like to get away from, but also those who are oblivious to the other reasons one might want to get away. It is not always the openly arrogant and obnoxious people who are the problem. Thus the reason some don't understand why the person committing suicide wants to get away from them.
2005-11-03
Added by: JP
This was quaint. Little known facts about those left behind: they arenít exactly the best at telling why people would get away from them. From this they appear hypocritical.

These arenít exactly people who would understand what those best people are really worth, just what they appear to be. So perhaps their frustrated and reprehensible arrogance is why the best people leave. But I do like this poem. You can tell a lot by those few lines.

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