Paul Fleischman Writing Styles in Joyful Noise

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Point of View

The point of view of these poems is often from the point of view of the insect that is the main character of the poem, so it can be considered first person perspective. In "Book Lice," one of the lice tells of its life and its relationship with a book lice from another shelf and the love they feel for each other. The moth in "Moth's Serenade" talks to the porch light in the first person.

Other poems are told from the perspective of one insect describing the entire species using the term "we." Therefore, these poems also use first person perspective but are somewhat different because they make assumptions about an entire species. "Water Striders," for example, is told from the perspective of a water strider as it describes how others react to all water striders' ability to walk on water and their nonchalant attitude...

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