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Comment 38 of 39, added on November 14th, 2012 at 8:51 AM.
I love all her poems and this poem is a true masterpiece. In few lines she
has explained such important modes of life, the base of poem is depended
upon different professions and i personally believe it is rather a one line
story of events occurring around us, making it beautiful and distinguished
among other of her literary works.
Ruby from Pakistan
Comment 37 of 39, added on June 23rd, 2012 at 2:01 AM.
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Comment 35 of 39, added on December 26th, 2010 at 1:48 PM.
i hate this poim
sysst dajah from Pakistan
Comment 34 of 39, added on December 7th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 33 of 39, added on April 9th, 2010 at 1:47 PM.
I actually really like this poem and believe that it hold both feminist and
just overall human meanings. I do believe there is such thing as over
analyzing a poem but there is also such thing as not giving the author
enough credit for her intelligence. Obviously if you have read anything
about the author's life you would know she is a very intelligent person and
MLH is just an example of those people who don't like deep thinking. There
is nothing wrong with analyzing a poem to figure out if there is a deeper
meaning, sometimes there really isn't but usually the authors of poems are
trying to get us to think.... so THINK!
Sage from United States
Comment 32 of 39, added on September 22nd, 2009 at 8:53 PM.
This short story is about coming of age. It's about a person who just
reached the age in life where they become an adult, and explore things for
Traci Schaumberg from United States
Comment 31 of 39, added on September 18th, 2009 at 6:53 AM.
I do not understand MLH's comment at all. Firstly, I do agree with MLH's
basic premise - that a poem can be said to fail, if it does not 'stand
alone'. MLH goes on to argue that critics have identified themes such as
'abuse' and 'patriarchal society' which a reading of the poem alone does
not suggest. However, I think the critics are wrong and so is MLH. I read
the poem and it seems very obviously to be about personal disaster, and
looking into the murky depths of the unconscious to seek the treasure of
knowledge. This inner journey is romantcised by Rich through her
utilisation of the imagery and symbols of 'the quest'. It is a lovely,
evocative poem which conveys so beautifully the sensations of the body and
mind in a meditative/trance state - hence the references to alterations in
breathing etc. "you breathe differently down here"...and to a shift in her
mode of consciousness ..."I am blacking out".
Comment 30 of 39, added on July 12th, 2009 at 3:50 AM.
I have been familiar with this poem, taught this poem, even wrote a poem
that responds to this poem. This poem is a masterpiece, as scholars will
explain, but let me first share my experiences with this poem.
The first time I read the poem, it was part of an assigned reading in
undergraduate studies, and the pure imagistic genius of the poem stirred my
imagination. I knew nothing of this author at the time, about 1978. I
began to re-read the poem, as the best poems will urge, and I understood
only that I was working with a masterpiece.
No, I did not understand it completely, but I understood what the poem said
to me. I understood what the poem did to my afterthoughts, making for me a
needed response after some years of studies and fine tuning of my creative
I never took the poem as a literal snapshot of the author's life, because I
do not think that it was meant to be that. An author and a persona created
for speaking a poem are not duplicate characters. They share much in a
poem, the poet's craft and the persona's pathos, the poet's ethos and the
If a reader wants simple and straightforward reading, the reader should
read prose, but I caution that Flannery O'Connor will challenge a reader's
senses with her fiction. A simple reader should stick to composition and
rhetoric, and stay away from creative writing, unless the reader wants
Art imitates life. Prose talks about things. Know the difference. It is
from Korea, South
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