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Analysis and comments on How Could You Not by Galway Kinnell

Comment 1 of 1, added on March 19th, 2008 at 3:16 PM.

the poet imagines the last moments of Jane Kenyon's passing as if to
comfort her by speaking to her of the rightness and inevitability of her
separation from her life...that she has spoken what needed to be spoken in
words (and in poems) and can leave with a sense of peace...as if these are
his parting words to her and his hope for her and perhaps a wish that all
might achieve a peaceful end...a tender eulogy for a poet friend...her body
will be in New Hampshire earth but her spirit hovers in light... an image
used by Kenyon in her poems to imply transcendence (river of light, mercy
clothed in light etc)

Michael Cord from Canada

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Poet: Galway Kinnell
Poem: How Could You Not
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Mar 17 2013


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