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Shut Up And Eat Your Toad

James Tate

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A homage to "Toads"
Added by: Lisa G.
I believe this poem is alluding to Philip Larkin's poem "Toads" (http://plagiarist.com/poetry/4885/). I think evidence of this is Tate's usage of the words "brute" and "lout," at least forms of those words. The poem is funny, but in a dark way since the speaker seems to be suicidal. I was confused by the last two lines, though. I couldn't tell whom he was talking to. I finally decided it was his boss.

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