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Comment 8 of 88, added on April 5th, 2005 at 12:46 AM.
Is this poem a chilling admission of having failed to live? Or is it a wry
conceit on writer's detachment from experiential truth, and a self-parody?
He seems to be saying: I couldn't live truth and write it at once. What
kind of partial truth can only be used in one way? surely truth is a
multipupose principle, not a single-use tool? So I would wager the poet
ironically celebrates the limits of language, and humbly declares his true
achievement of having become an intellectual rather than a spiritual seeker
for truth. But the rare candor that shines forth, from this most slippery
of American poets, affords a sense of relief and liberation as Thoreau
surrenders to the truth. The form of the poem, incidentally, is of an
epigraph, which is usually placed on a grave or in an announcement of
Comment 7 of 88, added on March 31st, 2005 at 4:39 AM.
THIS POEM IS SHORT BUT IT HAS GREAT DEEP MEANING
Comment 6 of 88, added on March 30th, 2005 at 11:46 AM.
i hate to beat the dog to his death, but i agree with all it short; very
short, but such truth needs no paragraph just a line or two. I at first
hated HDT's work; infact i still hate alot of his poems, but i seriously
enjoyed this one. For the three seconds it took to read, but three awsome
sec's at that.. ^_^ lol
Comment 5 of 88, added on March 28th, 2005 at 3:42 AM.
brief but can strike you straight to the heart.....the meaning is all
there...great piece of work.....short yet meaningful...
lheanne from Philippines
Comment 4 of 88, added on January 27th, 2005 at 7:43 PM.
HDT hit the nail on the head with one concise blow. Many writers seem to
view life from afar, like passive observers letting time tick in front of
them but never getting their own grasp of the action. As GK Chesterton said
in "Orthodoxy", "Every act of will is an act of self-limitation. To desire
action is to desire limitation. In that sense, every act is an act of
self-sacrifice. When you choose something, you reject everything else." The
law of trade-offs.
Comment 3 of 88, added on January 25th, 2005 at 5:43 AM.
Brief yet brilliant. Not easily forgotten because it strikes you directly
Comment 2 of 88, added on December 1st, 2004 at 12:35 PM.
short but sweet
from United States
Comment 1 of 88, added on September 28th, 2004 at 9:29 PM.
What can I say? It's so short but true. HDT always inspires and uplifts
me. What an extrodinary human being.
from United States
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