The final stanza of the poem “How to Eat a Poem” by Eve Merriam contains an enumeration:
For there is no core
to throw away. (ll. 8-14)
Here, the enumeration presents the difference between enjoying fruit and enjoying a poem. Unlike a fruit, which leaves elements that go to waste, a poem can be enjoyed as it is, without the reader having things to avoid parts or throw them away. This way, the enumeration suggests that readers can enjoy a poem’s meaning without worrying.
Another enumeration can be found in the second stanza:
You do not need a knife or fork or spoon
or plate or napkin or tablecloth. (ll. 6-7)
In this example, the enumeration introduces tools that can be used for eating. When eating fruit, people typi...