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    I need a little help with a poem Called "The Young Wife" by Derek Walcott. I am comparing this poem to a short story with the same theme different reactions, and I would like to know my understanding of it is right. So I would love to hear another analysis of this poem.
    TheYoung Wife, by Derek Walcott
    Make all your sorrow neat,
    plump pillows, soothe the corners
    of her favorite coverlet.
    Write to her mourners.

    At dusk, after the office
    travel an armchair's ridge,
    the valley of the shadow in the sofas,
    the drapes' dead foliage.

    Ah, but the mirror--the mirror
    which you believe has seen
    the traitor you feel you are--
    clouds, through you wipe it clean!

    She has gone with that visitor
    that sat beside her,like wind
    clicking shut the bedroom door;
    arm in arm they went,

    leaving her wedding photograph in
    its lace frame, a face smiling at
    itself. And the telephone
    without a voice. The weight

    we bear on this heavier side
    of the grave brings no comfort.
    But the vow that was said
    in white lace has brought

    you now to the very edge
    of that promise; now, for some,
    the hooks in the howthorn hedge
    break happily into blossom

    and the heart into grief.
    The sun slants on a kitchen floor.
    You keep setting a fork and knife
    at her place for supper.

    The children close in the space
    made by a chair removed.
    and nothing takes her place,
    loved and now deeper loved.

    The children accept your answer,
    they startle you when they lauph.
    She sits there smiling that cancer
    kills everything but Love.
    Last edited by tinkker; 05-Nov-2006 at 07:41. Reason: missed a word

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    Lightbulb Re: Help with a poem

    It expresses the feelings of breavement after the loss of a mate. The symbolism of the empty place at the table and the empty chair is certainly interesting and effectively expresses the sense of loss.

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    I was hoping for a little more then the obvious. Something in the meaning that could be missed. Like a picture smiling at its self. just more please

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    "The weight

    we bear on this heavier side
    of the grave brings no comfort."

    He misses his wife so much that he wants to be with her. Perhaps he has thoughts of suicide.

    Hm.



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    What about the reference of the hawthorne hedge; what do you think that means?

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    I have no idea.


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