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how poetic are you ?


how poetic are you ?
 strings on the earth and air by james Joyce.what is the message coveyed by the poem .

23 Oct 2009      

Carla Horne
United States

Hi Akram73,
Without researching the poem, I would say it īs about music not only being a part of nature but also a part of life. Water has always been symbolic for life in that it appears to be ageless, and trees symbolize wisdom in that they can last for hundreds of years. I hope that helps.

23 Oct 2009     

alien boy

The poem is a personification of Love as a male. Nature is full of music & love - e.g. the meeting willows in the poem. Willows are also symbols of unrequited love (& also lechery in Shakespeare īs day, anyway).
To me the poem is talking about love as part of nature - that it is all around us but not in a loud, raucous, overpowering way but a soft, gentle, caressing ever-present way. A melody that enfolds & envelops us like a gentle zephyr.

Just my view!

24 Oct 2009