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Very well said, GoldenMean. 

posted by anibanerjee on March 2, 2017 at 10:51 PM | link to this | reply

Yes,  I am sure that an excellent poem about the right subject,  that resonated with enough people,  could change the world.  I have great respect for poets,  as they have a writing talent that I do not.  It is an inefficient and restrictive form of communication,  kind of like trying to tie your shoe with one hand.  Those who can do it well,  have my admiration. 

posted by GoldenMean on March 2, 2017 at 11:56 AM | link to this | reply

Re: GoldenMean

I'm sure you must have been a good poet yourself. I was not, initially, although I loved to dissect how great poets used their presentations and some have had a life-changing effect for a social cause. For example, H.W. longfellow's A Slave's Dream, that won freedom for the blacks in America. And again, it is my nature to dive into anything complex. Thank you so very much, Sir. 

posted by anibanerjee on March 1, 2017 at 8:11 PM | link to this | reply

Sorry to be a wet blanket,  but used the link and read the poem,  and that poem does nothing for me.  Figuring out the symbolism is too much work,  even when you told us some of it,  and told us the context of Lincoln's death.  I tried poetry for a while, wrote a few good poems I thought,  but was not clever enough for it,  I guess.  Too hard to make things rhyme,  and too much room for misinterpretation by the reader.  But for poetry fans,  I guess this one was great.  Cheers

posted by GoldenMean on February 28, 2017 at 7:59 PM | link to this | reply

Of course emotion has to be expressed as something tangible. Probably at times one would prefer streaks of lightening or howls of outrage. One has to struggle at such times to reach the subconscious with omens and suggestions that appeal to the writer and hopefully to his audience. Hoping somehow to salve as in this case the loss of a great man. Of course your interpretation is wiser and more thorough. 

posted by C_C_T on February 28, 2017 at 11:12 AM | link to this | reply

Re: Aba

I was simply delighted by your comment. Very intelligent, very incisive and shows what a fine understanding you have, backed by your committed reading and careful observations. I take you encomiums with utter gratitude. 

posted by anibanerjee on February 27, 2017 at 10:07 PM | link to this | reply

Re: sis sam

You are gifted in your own right. 

posted by anibanerjee on February 27, 2017 at 9:18 PM | link to this | reply

Re: Kabu

You are always so kind to me and that is also my encouragement. 

posted by anibanerjee on February 27, 2017 at 9:17 PM | link to this | reply

Re: BC-A

many thanks for coming in to read and appreciate. B

posted by anibanerjee on February 27, 2017 at 9:15 PM | link to this | reply

Aba

Such a wonderful, insightful analysis of this poem you have given us! A deeply, well-thought out post, and spot-on, imho, dear Aba. I did read it (and I thought I wrote long poems!). The thrush nearly steals the show for me, in his solitary state, a hermit, tender, of bleeding throat, shy, dull of color, singing on in the swamp his reedy song of woe, along with the chant of Whitman's soul; and also as part of the trinity of three to connect the lilac and the star. Beautiful. Interesting how he portrays Death as lovely and soothing, yet a dark mother, but he mourns anyway. 

posted by RPresta on February 27, 2017 at 5:11 PM | link to this | reply

I would like to be a writier in that category but I do not work at it hard enough! Your Sis 

posted by sam444 on February 27, 2017 at 3:45 PM | link to this | reply

Another of your brilliant writes dear friend.

posted by Kabu on February 27, 2017 at 10:34 AM | link to this | reply

Such beauty and depth

posted by BC-A on February 27, 2017 at 8:52 AM | link to this | reply

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