When I was reading Tamar Yoseloff’s Formerly, I thought it was amazing how the photographic images could relate to the words represented in each poem. Out of all of the poems, “Duk of gton,” presents an incredible relationship with the visual and the written. For example, these missing words that originally spelled out “Duke of Wellington” now spell out what is left which show a look at the deterioration of parts of London that have gone unnoticed. In addition, the words correlate well with this image of a deteriorating part of London.
In the beginning of this poem, is where I felt that this poem’s relation to the image emphasized the best lines in this poem. The beginning text says:
“Gone, the days of ho fun duck,
back of his truck fooling around,
white guy funk, goon squad drunks
a ton of laughs I nearly puked,
Forgotten in the glummy…” (Sonnet 6)
These words express a dark and melancholy look at the deterioration of this historic billboard. To conclude, this poem not only shows that this is infamous structure is not only suffering but also the reason behind this said suffering. The reason being; the respect Londoners have lost for this once beautiful sign.