Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poem: The Amulet
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Sep 19 2004
Comment 9 of 9, added on January 5th, 2011 at 11:19 PM.
anju from United States
Comment 8 of 9, added on February 20th, 2010 at 9:57 PM.
I liked the poem and your comments helped me finish my project:)!
Comment 7 of 9, added on June 26th, 2007 at 4:14 AM.
This is a wonderful poem by Emerson and very modern in its approach -- don't you agree?
The first stanza examines how mementos like photos and rings may not change and even the old lines in a letter (or poem) -- you can almost trick yourself into beleiving they will preserve and protect your love for all time...
The second stanza fascinates me in its non-traditional approach -- contentwise, he's asking for something like a "mood ring" so he can tell how she is feeling now that she has dropped her correspondance. He is pining for news of the beloved.
Finally, in the last stanza, he despairs, knowing that the "keepsakes" do not keep (guarantee) anything and admits he is afraid he has lost her, which no doubt it true, if that's what he feels.
(btw, I like Robert Creeley's poem entitled "Amulet" but it doesn't hold a candle to this one, even though it rhymes. lol)
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