Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: The Crowd At The Ball Game
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Mar 18 2008
Comment 11 of 11, added on December 19th, 2009 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 10 of 11, added on April 4th, 2008 at 7:28 AM.
I just like to say "Taquantatanta Lamauntafanta".
from United States
Comment 9 of 11, added on April 3rd, 2008 at 4:12 PM.
This poem reminds me of Julius Caesar's rise to power and the Roman Coliseum. Julius Caesar was a diplomatic and military genius. He escaped accusations of treason, caused the Roman Senate to make several critical errors, and gave show of his military genius in the battle of Pharsalus.
The Coliseum was used as a means of entertainment. What better way to keep an impoverished people from revolting then to keep them entertained and fed. The Coliseum gave them both.
I agree with Derek Burns about the Roman Catholic Tribunal as well.
This said I think he's not just warning against the dangers of crowd mentality but about organized sports. The stadiums used in today's sports may not all be a giant circle, but the crowd still "encircles" the field. The crowd is just as obnoxious as it was in the Roman time period. But I think most of all he's illustrating a parallel in hopes that we won't become so consumed with sporting events that we begin to forget about what the government is doing.
from United States
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