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Comment 7 of 117, added on January 8th, 2006 at 2:14 AM.
I have had various copies of this poem, both hand written and typed for
around 20 years. I have always loved this poem. It had been a source of
deep meaning and inspiration not to let my life just pass me by because of
fear. I continue to pull courage from it. I was so delighted to do a web
search for this and find it so easily. I was curious if I had kept correct
coppies of this poem since it had been since High School. I am happy to
find that I have. I will continue to share this poem with my friends and
family as I have for many years now. I hope others share the deep
connection with it that I have.
from United States
Comment 6 of 117, added on October 14th, 2005 at 12:13 PM.
i have 2 analyse this poem also, i need 2 understand what it means!!
John from United States
Comment 5 of 117, added on September 10th, 2005 at 7:24 AM.
Last time I was in a hurry but I would like to add a few more remarks about
this poem. First of all the speaker is one of the dead people buried in the
small graveyard of Spoon River: I think the idea of giving voice to dead
people is very unusual and original since these are people who can comment
on the WHOLE of their lives, who can evaluate if these lives were spent
well of badly. In the first line the spaker says he's often studied the
marble which was created for him, "a boat" at rest in a harbour. The
people/person who chieseled this "marble" probably meant to symbolize
Gray's final destination, the eternal peace of death, but to Gray himself
this marble means something totally different - this boat, still and quiet,
appears to him the metaphor of his life. He realizes he's always withdrawn
from everything which could cause great changes in his life - love, sorrow
(feelings), ambition. Now that he's dead, Gray admits his life may have
been quiet and safe, but unfortunately not satisfactory (he says "all the
while I HUNGERED - longed- for meaning in my life") because he refused to
live fully , to accept the aspects of human experience that GIVE LIFE A
MEANING, make it worth living, and make human beings more complete,
fulfilled and richer. This poem reminds me of a statement by Henry David
Thoreau which is quoted in the movie "Dead Poets'Society"( unforgettable!)
and which deals more or less with the same topic (life/death): "I went to
the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and
suck out all the marrow of life, to put to rout all that was not life and
not when i had come to die discover that I had not lived".
Emanuela from Italy
Comment 4 of 117, added on September 8th, 2005 at 11:54 AM.
I think my opinion will come too late. I love this poem very much, it was
love at first sight when I first read it. It is the metaphor of an
adventurous journey which unfortunately was not taken. Everybody's life is
a journey, but George Gray's life was a journey not taken. When you travel
you may have a lot of exciting experiences but you may also run risks and
this was something something he refused to do. I think Gray's life must
have been very boring.
Comment 3 of 117, added on September 5th, 2005 at 10:06 PM.
I think its a man reflecting on his life and comparing it to the ship
moored in the harbour. He equates his life as chisled in Marble -
something that we should never be. (Clay - is the best medium for the
molding of a great life.) He had chances and choices in life, but he didn't
risk it. He didn't take the road less travelled. He played it safe and
didn't risk his heart or his talents to reach out to life, to follow where
taking these risks would lead him. His fear stopped him from living life
FULLY and he regretted it. In the end he realized his error. His message to
me is: Take a risk, live life to the fullest and go where it leads you.
Don't be afraid to love even if it ends in pain, don't be afraid to take
chances, even if there's potential to fail. Make plans, Dream dreams and
live each day like you were dying.
Comment 2 of 117, added on May 2nd, 2005 at 10:07 PM.
The Poem was written from the perspective of a man who has died and is
looking back on his life with a fearfull realization that durring his life
he thought he was going somewhere, only to realize that in the end he never
accomplished anything, never took the risks necesary to create a
meaningfull life. It is a poem that has haunted me my whole life. The fear
of leading a Meaningless life scares me!
from United States
Comment 1 of 117, added on April 15th, 2005 at 11:40 AM.
I have to analyze this poem for english class...does anyone know what it
means...has anyone found an analysis anywhere? Please help me!!!!!!!!!
from United States
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