Poet: Herman Melville
Poem of the Day:
Sep 2 2000
Comment 1 of 1, added on September 30th, 2012 at 5:21 PM.
This poem has intrigued me, especially who is it addressed to. Something from his youth he has buried, kept from the world, relegated to nothingness in a positive sense. Is it some of his earlier work that he never published? His first son did commit suicide and his second son died I think. He has "sealed them in a subdued fate." There is the exploration of negation in a nearly Buddhist sense, nothingness as a place that is better than the limelight, the night being more comforting. Hope was his bride but I guess over the years the attraction between Melville and hope fizzled away with the failures of his life. Who or what is immolated, or killed as a sacrifice or by fire ( dictionary)? His children, his literary output, his ambition (Illusions Perdues), his hopes and dreams, or wanting in a Buddhist sense, desire, ? Clearly Melville is doing the immolating here, he admittedly alters their fate, like killing a child to protect them from the world ( Beloved Toni Morrison). Better not to do than to do, an ethos so different than today just do it.
ALEX from United States
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