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    • POEM: The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot (4/17/2007 9:09:00 PM)

      The epigraph is from Dante's Inferno, where Guido da Montefeltro tells Dante, 'If I thought that my reply would be to one who would ever return to the world, this flame would stay without further movement; but since none has ever returned alive from this depth, if what I hear is true, I answer you without fear of infamy.' Guido told Dante his story but only because he thought Dante wouldn't return from hell. This means that Prufrock wouldn't want anyone to know this that could make it public.

      Personally, I think that the following lines are among the most powerful I have ever read:
      'I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
      I do not think that they will sing to me.'

      Very well done poem... one of the best.

    • POEM: The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams (4/15/2007 10:06:00 PM)

      Well I don't want to limit interpretation but the backstory is that Williams was tending to a child with a terminal illness. He saw this wheelbarrow across the contagious hospital's courtyard and thought that if he could just get the child to be able to walk to the wheelbarrow, the child would be fine. The child died without ever getting out of his bed.

      Later, he realized how much importance he placed on the wheelbarrow, and how little he placed on him helping the child. 'So much depends upon the wheelbarrow.'

      Personally I think (and the backstory helps) that the poem talks about how we don't take responsibility, and the responsibility is displaced on the man-made things. The farm won't be taken care of without the wheelbarrow; the fact that there needs to be a human is almost irrelevant. So much depends on the tools, and not ourselves.

      One of the most beautiful poems I've ever read, and by far the best Imagist poem.

    • POEM: Gleeā€”the Great Storm Is Over by Emily Dickinson (4/15/2007 9:56:00 PM)

      I interpreted this poem as an allegory to war, and what a beautiful poem it is.