Marvin Bell

A poet of ordinary work, deep meaning, and relatable topics

What Is Poetry For?

Biography and Background Information

-Born in: New York City, New York on August 3rd 1937

-Currently alive today

-Well educated

-Holds a large amount of personal successes

-Mentored many other famous and well-ranked poets

What makes Bell such an intriguing poet stems from his uncanny ability to capture his readers’ minds through the use of relating to them

EXAMPLES:

A )“Their continuing tributes, make them our greatest saviors”

VERSUS:

B)"A Moment of Silence, a Moment of Summons

Is Their Deliverance of Body And Soul

To a Sacred Place That We All Know Deep In the Shrines of Our Soul:

In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers In Our Minds For All Time"

“Marvin Bell moves wittily through many moods."

Marvin Bell - On Poetry

MORE EXAMPLES:

A)“So, Willow, you come sweep my floor./I have no store,” “I have a song to weep./I have a cry."

VERSUS:

B)"Knowing thy heart torment me with disdain,/Have put on black, and loving mourners be,/Looking with pretty ruth upon my pain."

Bell's Contradicting Tactic:

Along with Marvin Bell’s poems having a deep sense of relatability, simplicity, and comprehensibility, he creates a rather contradicting thought by making his poems complex.

“Where a wet bar of soap can turn your end into headline material.”

EVEN MORE EXAMPLES:

A) “Being red is the color of a white sun where it lingers”

Versus:

B) “Friends are like chocolate cake/You can never have too many."
AN ELM WE LOST a poem by Marvin Bell

WAS OUR BEGINNING QUESTION ANSWERED?