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    • POEM: Silver by Walter de la Mare (11/28/2006 1:05:00 AM)

      Julie-Like the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, I must rear myself up to full height and admit that I am honored to write poetry for children, so eschew away. I eschew thesauri. I notice that I can read Lorca, so the Spanish words he uses must be pretty simple-but, ah! What he does with them...

    • POEM: Silver by Walter de la Mare (11/28/2006 12:57:00 AM)

      Gentle readers,
      This lovely piece is not just for children. The figure of speech you seek is an extended metaphor (and a bit of a joke-poets relish literary humor) . King Midas in the old Greek tale turned everything to gold with a touch of his finger, rendering it lifeless. The very feminine moon in this poem brushes everything with her feet, or with her glance. Everything she sees in the poem is sleeping, except the harvest mouse, which obliquely suggests Ceres, the goddess of the harvest, and her daughter, who spent a portion of the year with Hades in the Underworld (dark-but filled with treasure) .
      In the line you quote, 'By silver reeds in a silver stream' the light on the water is being compared to precious metal-transformed by the touch of a personified, female moon. If you think a bit about the treasures available to a dreamer-the riches of the unconscious-you will realize that the moon here is something of a muse. Like an artist (or the poet himself) , she transforms the ordinary world into a paradise that is richly strange-or, for this mystic, as most poets are, reveals a bit of its true nature.

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