Comment 2 of 2, added on January 31st, 2011 at 1:42 AM.
I think, in slight extension to the analysis by D. Deubelbeiss, that
Bukowski is pointing to the amount of knowledge and expectation that we
inherit from social contexts.
To a point, the speaker of the poem is being almost ironic. The child says
the ocean isnt pretty and because he never thought of it that way, he
instantly agrees. He still isnt forming his own opinion.
We need to form our own opinions about everything as human beings.
Questioning all of our pre-loaded social knowledge and expectation is an
important part of our lives and understanding.
from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on October 23rd, 2005 at 6:32 AM.
Genius, pure genius....sparce and economical, to the point without saying "
look at me"....like the poem itself, pure genius.
Meaning, all poet is of truth and to be as truth we must be as children
again......we live in a fog, do we really have the courage to rebuild and
be ourselves, to start anew and go unto new shores like Christopher
Columbuses? Can we be the genius , the geniuses of forgetting? Can we all
say to ourselves one day awakening and born anew, "I never knew that"?