Comment 2 of 2, added on February 24th, 2009 at 4:54 PM.
Bukowski is one of the most widely read poets because he is able to speak
outside of artist's frustrations and capture people's frustrations. While
some may see his disdain/fascination with the ugly and mundane as a symptom
of an "artist's sensibilities" something that the "ignorant" aren't able to
see, Bukowski's appeal as a poet among the uneducated demonstrates that
these feelings are not particular to artists and elitists alone. This poem
in particular communicates the relationship between pretension and the
mundane through the husband and wife.
Though the husband dies "unenlightened" so will the wife. This is not an
artist's lament. It's a lament.
Alysha from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on January 13th, 2006 at 12:42 AM.
The poem speaks of a frustration- a frustration that typically only artists
experience. It is the burden of knowing how ignorant the world can be, how
inclined people are to placing significance on otherwise unimportant
objects. Bukowski is saying that few people die knowing what it truly means
to be human; many simply go through the motions of living without
acknowledging the essence of thier thoughts and actions. I think this poem
has a lot of energy and the stream of consciousness style that it is
written in serves the poet's purpose well.
Katinka from United States