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i'm always absolutely terrible at analyzing poetry, and i always approach
them as though their meanings are completely opposite of what the truly
are. so, it's no surprise that i'm not completely sure what this poem
means. i just know that upon reading it i began i began tearing up
immediately, and then ths sobbing ensued. i've never in my entire lifetime
reacted to a poem this way, but i think that the way i'm analyzing this one
brings me to explore many feelings that i hold very deeply inside of me,
protected and unshared. i think the poem's about being solitary, and being
able to live on one's own without the want of company. there's only been on
man i've met in my lifetime (at least that i've talked to about this) who
has openly stated that he never wants to get married or have a family, not
because he foresees certain problems--irksome responsibilities and
obligations, the potential disaster--but because he knows that he is
completely content on his own, and knows that he will stay this way
forever. it's not that he dislikes the idea of companionship, it's just
that he personally does not feel the slightest need for it. the poem seems
to be talking about something close to this--about how some are presented
with the temptation of quiet, peaceful loneliness and solitude. however,
the very haunting nature of this poem implies that this is a temptation to
be resisted, one that must not be given into.

many devoted painters, musicians, and writers--all serious artists,
really--live lives of isolation, allowing them to distance themselves from
others and venture farther into their own thoughts and feeling without
interruption or distraction, enabling them to produce beautiful,
meaningful, and in many cases the most expressive and moving art. the world
thrives from this donation, and these artists may also benefit from this,
feeling that they have given others profound gifts of great value, but they
do not realize that what they are doing involves a sacrifice, whether it be
noble and thoughtful, or simply unwise. they are bringing themselves
farther and farther away from people, allowing them to focus much more
closely on certain parts of the world, but only small parts. i don't know
if it's worth the pull away from those you love, and those who love you, to
concentrate so much focus and energy onto these small things, no matter
what they may finally evoke.

Elizabeth Leigh from United States

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Poet: Edgar Allan Poe
Poem: The Lake. To--
Added: Apr 27 2005
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