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VARIOUS TEXTS: SONGS AND POEMS: THE ICINGBUS
BY ROGER MCGOUGH

the littleman
with the hunchbackedback
crepto his feet
to offer his seat
to the blind lady

people gettingoff
steered carefully around
the back mound
of his back
as they would a pregnantbelly

the littleman
completely unaware
of the embarrassment behind
watched as the blindlady
fingered out her fare

..........................

muchlove later he suggested that instead
ofa wedding-cake they shouldhave a miniaturebus
made outof icing but she laughed
and said that buses werefor travelling in
and notfor eating and besides
you can't taste shapes.


Possible assignments:
1. Descibe the situation before and after the dots and say what the subject matter is.
2a. Characterize the man, the lady and the rest of the passengers and say how they behave.
2b. Is implicit or explicit characterization used? Substantiate your findings.
3. What conclusion would you draw from the fact that all words are written in small letters and that some are connected instead of being separate?

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