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Comment 8 of 68, added on April 14th, 2007 at 3:45 PM.
I came across Patterns in the Random House anthology.
Of course the piece has many points for analysis, but here's what grabbed
me: I've been working on a military history TV project for a fwe years and
have been to Iraq, Bosnia and such sad places. I think patters captures
that empty, sinking feeling that comes with word of a soldier/loved one's
death - realizing that the dreams and anticipation of a wonderful future
are instantly gone.
from United States
Comment 7 of 68, added on April 9th, 2006 at 9:06 AM.
The idea of confinement caused by societal patterns is evident. More so
when you realize the author of this poem was lesbian.
Nadine from Canada
Comment 6 of 68, added on November 28th, 2005 at 7:32 PM.
I just read this poem a few ago in order to begin a paper on it for my
college poetry class. I found the most interesting part of this poem on the
first read through was the intense imagery. Everyone can picture this poor
woman and her broken heart. However, there truly is a much deeper meaning
to this piece. The last two lines, "In a pattern called a war./ Christ!
What are patterns for?" reveals that the speaker, much like the author
views society's "patterns" in a negative way. What I don't understand is
why Lowell chooses to write this long poem about a woman and her fiance to
prove this point. It is an amazing work though.
Tara from United States
Comment 5 of 68, added on November 7th, 2005 at 4:21 PM.
I am in High School now and my friend and I are analizing this poem in
class and I just wanted to get a little more information. The pattern is
that she was once alone, but finds someone, and now is alone again. Thanks
for the other ideas.
Janelle from United States
Comment 4 of 68, added on October 19th, 2005 at 6:32 PM.
A lovely poem which I, too, read for the 1st time in high school and have
only just re-visited. The patterns of everything: gardens, clothing,
behavior(society) which keep us going and also confine us...what are
patterns for? They can be a prop, they can also keep one walking around and
around in the same garden for the rest of one's life. Because the voice of
this poem actually asks this question at the end, I see some hope that this
very patterned woman in a very patterned society may yet step out of her
brocade and whalebone...a very positive image that I did not pick up when I
Melissa from United States
Comment 3 of 68, added on September 15th, 2005 at 6:25 PM.
I first read this 40 years ago in high school. I'm a guy. I liked it so
much I kept re-reading it. Then I showed it to my English teacher, a
woman. She read it, thought about it, then said, "It makes you want to rip
your clothes right off and run about naked."
I couldn't believe a teacher said this to a student.
It's kind of true, though.
I just re-read the poem on this Website. For the first time I noticed the
Bruce from United States
Comment 2 of 68, added on May 6th, 2005 at 11:34 PM.
This is my favourite poem. I cried the first time I read it. It really
shows how the war affected women and how they became stuck in the same
'patterns' for ever if their husbands, fianceÚs etc didn't come home. She
says that the only person who could save her from this is dead now, and she
will be stuck like this forever.
Comment 1 of 68, added on April 4th, 2005 at 1:29 PM.
Life is like some kind of walking.But it really makes difference where you
walk.Walking in a garden which is similar to man-made societies makes a
woman feel stuck.It does not make you feel better,moreover it demands from
you to make it better.
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