A Consumer's Report - Peter Porter The name of the product I tested is Life, I have completed the form you sent me and understand that my answers are confidential. I had it as a gift, I didn't feel much while using it, in fact I think I'd have liked to be more excited.
I have completed the form you sent me and understand that my answers are confidential. It seemed gentle on the hands but left an embarrassing deposit behind. Things are piling up so fast, after all, the world got by for a thousand million years without this, do we need it now?
I think we should take it for granted. We are the consumers and the last law makers. Poet Peter Porter was born in Brisbane, Australia in He moved to London in and worked in bookselling and advertising before becoming a freelance writer and broadcaster in His background in advertising clearly influences this poem.
London has been an important base for the development of Porter's poetry and literary journalism.
He met Shirley Jannice Henry in and they married in They had two daughters born in and Jannice committed suicide in In Porter married Christine Berg. In he was one of the nominees for the prestigious position of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. In this case the product is life.
In the poem the style is similar to a report, the first 16 lines or so sound like entries in boxes on a form. The poem is an extended metaphor which compares life to products that are consumed.
It is a satire criticizing the capitalist state of society. The poem, written inhas relevance to society in which we live in today.
Life, disadvantages of life, report, philosophical. Purposeless, formal, skeptical, slightly and humorous. My personal response is it is good as it comments on lifes actualities.
The second stanza is one long stanza with no particular rhyme scheme. First line refers to life as if it is a gift he has received. Second and third line says that he has no feeling in life and is not satisfied by it.
Fourth line refers to life being compared to a product. He adds humour by comparing life to soap.
Fifth line refers to the embarrassing moments in life that cannot be forgotten. Sixth line refers to life being expensive and draining. Seventh, eighth and ninth lines refer to how he is older than he thought and how life goes to fast. Tenth to thirteenth lines refer to religion as being instructions to follow.
Fifteenth line refers to how certain products should be kept out of the reach of children. Metaphor of life being a harmful product. Sixteenth line refers to how life has no purpose. Seventeenth repeats how life is expensive.
Twenty-second to the twenty-fourth lines makes it seem as if the company who made the product has written a letter to the tester in which he has been addressed as a respondent.
Twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth lines refer to how there are stereotypes in life. They put less into the life they have created.
Thirty-second line refers to how you have no choice to live life. Thirty-third line refers to how life is lived by many people. Thirty-fourth and thirty-fifth lines refer to how life is universal and how many people love it. Thirty-sixth line gives the poets own opinion on how life is overrated.
Thirty-seventh and thirty-eighth lines refer to how life is a small thing and many people are making a fuss over life.Industrial Compliance is a division of the Ohio Department Of Commerce and is responsible for reviewing building plans, inspecting mechanical systems, testing & inspecting bedding, upholstered furniture and stuffed toys, as well as investigating complaints regarding minimum and prevailing wages.
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In this week’s Friday Poem, ‘A Consumer’s Report’ from Australian born poet, Peter Porter, life is the product under review. Porter moved to London in the early s and took a job with an advertising agency publishing his first collection of poetry in