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Comment 14 of 24, added on December 31st, 2008 at 2:31 PM.
Since today is New Year's Eve, I felt like adding my interpretation. I
understand that Eben Flood must be an old man, not necessarily a drunkard,
but a man who has outlived all his family and friends and has no-one left,
not only in the town below, but in the whole world. He has chosen New Years
Eve to go up to the hill on a most likely very cold night (since the
setting is probably Maine/New England) and commit suicide by drinking and
freezing himself to death in one sitting.
Apparently this was not too uncommon of a practice (in 19th/early 20th
century rural Maine) among those who are too old, too sick, and too alone
to take care of themselves anymore and had no-one left to care for them.
Nick from United States
Comment 13 of 24, added on October 17th, 2008 at 8:53 AM.
Auld lang syne is a traditional new years song, (the one at the end of
"it's a wonderful life") about dear friends, probably making an allusion to
his diseased friends.
analisa from Canada
Comment 12 of 24, added on July 3rd, 2008 at 10:19 PM.
well, take a deep breath, and upon exhaling, realize that, in the grandest
of metaphors, Mr. Flood is all of us. We are all, at the very core of
life, as "alone" as Mr. Flood appears to be to those who have commented
thus far. What does it say about our cultures when "alone" is perceived to
be such a bad thing. We always feel sorry for the person alone at a
restaurant or movie ... why? We constantly strive to surround ourselves
with others, and all too often, merely to distract us from the fact that we
are "alone" - - - even in a crowd, we have all felt alienated, disaffected,
or alone. Enough of the rant: if you've made it this far, to me; Mr.
Flood is alone, and in a moment of gracious surrender to that existential
angst, he chooses to embrace the feeling and reflect on a point that we all
will arrive at - or die too early to understand. Goodnight Mr. Flood ---
it's been a wonderful party!
from United States
Comment 11 of 24, added on April 16th, 2008 at 11:49 PM.
Can someone please explain the allusion, "Auld Lang Syne"
Richard from United States
Comment 10 of 24, added on February 24th, 2008 at 9:28 AM.
As an Eben (yes, it's an old Yankee name, EH-ben, not EE-ben) I was
delighted that in early 1984 our freshman English class at Anna Maria
College in Paxton, Massachusetts, covered a poem about someone named Eben.
That's all I'll say for now.
EBEN from United States
Comment 9 of 24, added on June 27th, 2007 at 5:41 AM.
Mr Flood's party is not about a drunk lonley old man who has outlived his
friends. Mr. Flood is just a man who has willing left his old life and
friends. His friends were not dead. His old friends were in town below
him.(20). The friends of "other days had honored him/ A phantom salutation
of the dead"(2o). Meaning, honored as a privilege, phantom as the past and
salutation as good bye. So he talks about a privlilege from the past he
left behind "his drinking buddies". It has been a long time scence he has
had a drink. "Well Mr. Flood, we have not met like this in a long time"
(35) So the man is not drunk. He starts arguing with himself not to
drink."He set the jug down..." (25)/ "With his hand extended out paused
again:" (30). Then finally he gives in. "Welcome home!" (35). So Mr.
Flood's Party is not about a drunk old man, it is about a man who is
strugeling whith changing his life.
Celeste from United States
Comment 8 of 24, added on April 6th, 2006 at 2:23 PM.
I absolutly love E.A. Robinson's poetry! He is the best American writer
Tabitha from New Zealand
Comment 7 of 24, added on March 27th, 2006 at 10:53 AM.
To the post below: Are you freaking serious?
Comment 6 of 24, added on February 17th, 2006 at 3:35 PM.
At first this poem seemed to be confusing but after reading it again it
became apparent that this is an old drunk man who is sad and lonely.
Shanita from United States
Comment 5 of 24, added on January 16th, 2006 at 2:46 AM.
i think that mr. floods party is the ideal poem about a drunk man on a hill
talking to himself, it tells that the poet was in a creative mood when he
bianca from Japan
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