Upon reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons, the poem that seemed to make at least a little sense to me was A Sound. Gertrude Stein’s poetry really seems to embody the method of automatic writing, seeing how a lot of the experimental words that she uses does not really have any direct link to the subject of her literature. This made it hard to focus on some of her poems seeing how I felt often there was not much I could hold onto or absorb. However I felt that the words and they way they sounded in A Sound made more sense to me. There is only a single line; “Elephant beaten with candy and little pops and chews all bolts and reckless reckless rats, this is this”, which is from page 15 of the handout. I could sense the “Sound”, through her choice of words, where the pronunciation of words created a subtly cacophonous effect. Hence I felt that the poem made more sense under these terms rather than directly through the meaning of the sentence and I liked how you don’t really need to have extensive literary knowledge to get a gist of the poem.