Poetry in the Book’s Narrative
The idea of creativity as an outlet in Robinson’s The Gold Coast struck me. The poems that Jim writes to try and express himself intrigued me, and helped make him a bit more likable to me than Bron ever was, even though Jim shares many of the same personality traits with him right now. While he’s not exactly good at these attempts to be creative, at least he is willing to look for a way to express himself. Bron was content to sit back and wait for things to happen to make his life better and did nothing to try and find happiness, but Jim is at least trying to do something to help him find his place in the world. In some ways, I found it really fascinating that the poems just appear in the work at random sorts of moments, as in a way they almost jar you from the narrative (even though they appear in regards to things happening in the story at the time). For example, when viewing the landscape, Jim spouts a poem about “The great gridwork of night” (2), expanding on the description we were given but in a much different way from the narrative. While it pulls us out of the story, as I stated before, it also gives us a greater insight into Jim’s thoughts and personality and helps make the reader have a better outlook on him, a better one than I ever had of Bron in Trouble on Triton. Yes, Jim might still be a bit of a self-centered and narcissistic guy, but at least he can view things and be struck but them, instead of just sitting back and letting life pass him by.
Delany, Samuel R. Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 1996. Print.
Robinson, Kim Stanley. The Golden Coast. Tom Doherty Associates Inc, 1988. Print.