Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Here is a poem and questions re: Contents of Dead Man
Compare ideas within Koch's poem to those in "Contents of a Dead man's Pocket"

You want a social life, with friends
Kenneth Koch
            You want a social life, with friends,
            A passionate love life and as well
            To work hard every day. What’s true
            Is of these three you may have two
5          And two can pay you dividends
            But never may have three.
There isn’t enough time, my friends—
            Though dawn begins, yet midnight ends—
            To find the time to have love, work, and friends.
10        Michelangelo had feeling
            For Vittoria and the Ceiling°
            But did he go to parties at day’s end?
Homer° nightly went to banquets
            Wrote all day but had no lockets
15        Bright with pictures of his Girl.
            I know one who loves and parties
            And has done so since his thirties
            But writes hardly anything at all.

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