Comment 9 of 19, added on February 13th, 2012 at 11:29 AM.
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information, but anyway thanks!!....
Comment 8 of 19, added on February 13th, 2012 at 11:06 AM.
A unique note..!!
Comment 7 of 19, added on February 12th, 2012 at 6:26 AM.
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Comment 6 of 19, added on October 28th, 2010 at 1:31 AM.
I am shocked at the lame interpretations I have read here. This is not
about "brothers", it is about one man, who has two lives: one when he
sleeps and one when he is wakes; one who young who lives in memory and one
who is old that lives in the present; those are the "brothers" sharing the
This is a magnificent poem.
Lordrobot from United States
Comment 5 of 19, added on February 7th, 2009 at 8:32 PM.
it must have personal meaning cause it dont make much sence
Comment 4 of 19, added on March 12th, 2008 at 3:41 AM.
I feel that its about Levine reminiscing the loss of his brother whom he
neglected due to his work... and the idea of sleeping might correspond to
fear of facing reality and wallowing in one's fantasies and dreams
Comment 3 of 19, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 2:04 PM.
Philip Levine is actually my grandfather, or Grandpoptree as I have called
him my entire life. This poem is about him and my Uncle Eddy, his twin. Im
his youngest sons daughter. The first guy who commented is completely
wrong, and looked waaaaay too deeply into my grandpas words. Its about how
he worked the dayshift and Uncle Eddy worked the night. Thought you might
want to be well informed.
from United States
Comment 2 of 19, added on August 15th, 2005 at 5:19 PM.
They were twins, actually. Best poem ever.
Comment 1 of 19, added on January 30th, 2005 at 7:20 AM.
To me this poem is very evocative of grief and the numbness that allows us
the carry on. The gritty images of his brother are sharp and fit well into
the poverty and drudgery told within the poem. It doesn't hurt that my
impression of the first line was "Okay he's a younger brother" and my
impression of the last line was "Oh, God."
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