Poet: David Berman
Volume: Actual Air
Year: Published/Written in 1999
Comment 7 of 7, added on June 9th, 2013 at 8:17 AM.
Can anyone give me a theme about this poem? Thank you.
Sophia Lowe from Canada
Comment 6 of 7, added on February 22nd, 2012 at 7:55 PM.
the poem "snow" is about the little brother loosing his innocents because the bigger brother had told him that a farmer had killed the snow angels. the poem is actually very sad if you understand it correctly.
hope from United States
Comment 5 of 7, added on January 28th, 2011 at 4:00 PM.
I believe the poem is about conflict. Perhaps it is as specific as Israel and Palestine, but that I cannot tell.
Seth is the brother of Cain and Abel and the biblical father of all mankind. If the little brother is Seth, then the narrator is Cain or Abel.
The narrator refers to war references in the following: "a 'troop' of angels", "shot and dissolved...", and the most obvious "a room with the walls blasted to shreds and falling."
Since Seth is the father of all people, then the people fighting must be his children, making the questions he asks come from a very different perspective with that in mind. Ultimately, why are his children fighting over property? That is, why do people fight at all?
I find it interesting that the older brother appears to have a good, if mostly silent relationship with his neighbor (i.e. another country). Perhaps the narrator is suggesting that is the way countries should behave.
from United States
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