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A. Jokerman Phippsburg, ME / United States, Male, 34
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  • POEM: Acquainted With The Night by Robert Frost (1/29/2010 11:44:00 PM)

    Wow, fantastic poem. He really does a great job of creating and conveying a certain mood. I feel like it is a poem about isolation and solitude; being separated from the city, which is a community, a place of togetherness. It is about feeling alone and alienated, not being able to connect. He walks down the city's saddest lane and is unable to meet the eyes of the watchmen, the moral authority. Perhaps he cannot relate with the city and feels some sort of guilt. There is definite internal conflict represented by his leaving and returning, his stopping to see if the call was for him. He is on the brink of some major decision: whether to stay or go. It is causing him a lot anxiety, and the 'luminary clock', that 'unearthly', higher thing is indifferent and unwilling to tell him whether the time is wrong or right.

  • POEM: And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time by William Blake (3/30/2009 8:13:00 AM)

    I'd agree with Gillian for the most part, but would say that everything in the poem has a metaphorical sense, as well as possibly a litteral one. Blake used physical location to represent spiritual quality or aspect in a large amount of his work. Therefore the English hills are the English people, or people, and the mills represent not only mills, but the mental form of control, system, and renunciation of humanity. The lamb represents Christ, or the active principle necessary to constructing Jerusalem, of the Holy City. The poem ends with Blake's decleration of war, and his will to bring back the Christ, so that the Holy city can be rebuilt in England: Very cool.