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Analysis and comments on The Curse by John Berryman

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Comment 2 of 69, added on October 26th, 2010 at 4:11 PM.
My thoughts on"The Curse" by J. Berryman

The brightness of the sun descends leaving us in darkness with no structure
for defense as the growing activities of evil surrounds us of the unwanted,
the crippled in soul, and the demented sinners. As they close in on us, no
one, anywhere is safe from this curse.

Children, though innocent, if they shall fall through the cracks of life,
become disgraced and maliciously discredited, the void they hold becomes
vessels for the dawn to fill with the food of crime where no one can
witness this undertaking except the ones who cannot speak or understand. So
the young become enraged with hate and evil and an active part of the curse
in the darkness of night.
This means that though evil lurks in the darkness, and no matter our
background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, we are still
responsible for who we become? Who we were, who we are, and who we become,
we hope are not touched by the curse in the darkness of life.

Suzanne Joyce
Comment 1 of 69, added on September 16th, 2005 at 1:03 AM.

The concept is clear. Ideas in the poem are like the great paintings of the
Greeks. It shows us who we are, who we were, and who we could be if we can
relate ourselves in the poem. Not all poems will mean the same thing to
everyone, because as individuals, we bring unique experience to every poem
we read. But we also must be careful to honor the poems we read by letting
it say to us what it meant to say. To do this, we must listen to it, really
LISTEN to it because, as such, it speaks a lot to me.

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Poet: John Berryman
Poem: The Curse
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Sep 15 2005


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