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    Set there immovable: an alter

    Hello,

    What is the below line trying to say? Does it mean "stay there immovable" ?

    All I know is a door into the dark.
    Outside, old axles and iron hoops rusting;
    Inside, the hammered anvil’s short-pitched ring,
    The unpredictable fantail of sparks
    Or hiss when a new shoe toughens in water.
    The anvil must be somewhere in the centre,
    Horned as a unicorn, at one end and square,
    Set there immoveable: an altar
    Where he expends himself in shape and music.
    Sometimes, leather-aproned, hairs in his nose,
    He leans out on the jamb, recalls a clatter
    Of hoofs where traffic is flashing in rows;
    Then grunts and goes in, with a slam and flick
    To beat real iron out, to work the bellows.

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    Re: Set there immovable: an alter

    No, it means placed there.
    I am not a teacher

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    Re: Set there immovable: an alter

    Flogger, always state the source and author of quoted text, please.

    Where did you find this and who wrote it?

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    Re: Set there immovable: an alter

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Flogger, always state the source and author of quoted text, please.

    Where did you find this and who wrote it?
    I found it in my literature book, Perrine's Literature Structure, Sound, and Sense, Ninth Edition, and the poet of the above poem is Seamus Heany.

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