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Analysis and comments on Late Fragment by Raymond Carver

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Comment 9 of 469, added on February 9th, 2011 at 3:49 PM.

this poem owns the very reason of my life. love carver and the sparkling
simplicity of his words.

Giovanna from Italy
Comment 8 of 469, added on September 25th, 2007 at 9:34 PM.

This is simply my most favorite of poems. Evokes so much emotion. A
lifetimes work in 30 words!

Susannah from New Zealand
Comment 7 of 469, added on February 3rd, 2006 at 5:34 PM.

I love this simple, honest, universal question so much I send it to
everyone who is important to me. It reminds me that I am only here because
my ancestors existed and strived against great odds. Hopefully I am
justified by being "beloved" in my lifetime. Carver's own difficulties give
hope that being beloved is still possible, if you have luck & strength (as
Mario Puzo said) and you have the courage to give unconditional love.
Since reading this poem, I quietly gaze at the beloved and the unbeloved -
and realise Carver said it all in those beautiful few words...

Caroline from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 469, added on December 4th, 2005 at 5:35 PM.

for this most brilliant of writers, a simple poem

december layoff
the mall santa,
can make toys."

ed markowski from United States
Comment 5 of 469, added on June 28th, 2005 at 3:10 PM.

A friend read me this, now my favorite poem, after my infant son died. I
took great comfort in the beautiful but simple words. In this world,
whether life is short or long, love is what matters in the end.

Ellen from United States
Comment 4 of 469, added on June 19th, 2005 at 2:15 PM.

My favourite poem of all. Late Fragment brings me to tears everytime I read
it. So simple but in its simplicity so powerful. A few short lines that
deliver a rush of emotion to the heart. After all its about love and what
is life without that? A fitting epitaph to life. Wonderful stuff !

Jo Lancaster from United Kingdom
Comment 3 of 469, added on December 24th, 2004 at 11:19 AM.

would be interest in literal tranlation or comments
I loved this poem!

wilma harth from United States
Comment 2 of 469, added on November 8th, 2004 at 5:53 AM.

could agree more Brittni. Carver is a deep, often subtle writer, but there
are times, particularly in his poetry, when he utters simple affirmative
statements such as this one. there is no 'hidden meaning' here, no
opportunity for epistemological debate, but that's what makes this poem so
special for me. it is Carver uttering simple truths that tear your heart

alan from Ireland
Comment 1 of 469, added on September 20th, 2004 at 10:25 PM.

Everything about this poem is perfect. I absolutly love it. It is the best
thing that could have ended "A new path to the waterfall". The poem has a
sense of closure, that gives a happy outlook on the end of Ray's life. I
think this and Hummingbird are my favorite poems from "A new path to the

Brittni from United States

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Poet: Raymond Carver
Poem: Late Fragment
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Mar 27 2008

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