"Stamp Collecting" by Cathy Song Poem Review by Shaad

An analysis of the poem "Stamp Collecting" by Cathy Song in terms of how stamps are depicted as a form of national expression.
# 146695 | 750 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | BD
Published by on Jan 13, 2011 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , Language (General)

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This essay analyzes Cathy Song's poem "Stamp Collecting" from the point of view that the inner state of a nation finds strange expression in the postage stamp that it issues. The writer concentrates on the poetic devices employed, and how they are used to finally establish a contrast between the colorful aspirations of the poor nations and the spiritual emptiness of the rich world. Each of the depicted are dealt with in separate paragraphs. A further paragraph is employed to show the use of irony. Another paragraph is employed to analyze the moral framework of the poem.

From the Paper:

"In her poem "Stamp Collecting'' Cathy Song wishes to express the inner exuberance of a people harking after the progress of the developed countries. All nations of the world are on the path of progress charted by the Western world. In this respect there is a hierarchy set up among the nations based on wealth and development. At one end of this hierarchy are the developed nations of the West, while on the other end there are the poorest nations struggling for subsistence, and yet harboring extravagant dreams of progress. Song presents to us this contrast in the context of the postage stamps issued by these countries. She believes that the colorful nature of the stamps issued by the poorest countries is expressive of a joyous exuberance which is in stark contrast to the dreary inner life of the citizens of the rich nations. She describes the beauty of these stamps in vivid detail. She then goes on to contrast this with the cold utilitarianism expressed in the stamps of the rich nations."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Song, Cathy. "Stamp Collecting." Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. (Eds) X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. New York: Longman, 1999, p. 877.

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