Not like a Cypress Essay

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Joyce Hart is a published author and former writing instructor. In this essay, she examines “Not like a Cypress” to find the meaning that lies in the middle of the contrasts presented in the poem.

From the first line or even from the title of the poem, readers know that Amichai's “Not like a Cypress” is going to be about contrast. If the speaker is “not like a cypress,” then what is he like? This question automatically comes to mind as the poem begins. This line sets the pattern of contrasting statements throughout the poem. The contrasts are like boundaries around a field. By providing contrasts—elements that he is not like followed by elements that he is like—the speaker offers readers not only room for their imaginations to fill in the space but also a broad and creative image. By exploring the field that lies...

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