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    poem help

    i need help with the poem the Sharks by Denise Levertov so can someone analyze this for me, please

    Well then, the last day the sharks appeared.
    Dark fins appear, innocent
    as if in fair warning. The sea becomes
    sinister*, are they everywhere?
    I tell you, they break six feet of water*.
    Isn’t it the same sea, and won’t we
    play in it any more?
    I like it clear and not
    too calm, enough waves
    to fly in on. For the first time
    I dared to swim out of my depth.
    It was sundown when they came, the time
    when a sheen of copper still the sea,
    not dark enough for moonlight, clear enough
    to see them easily. Dark
    the sharp lift of the fins.

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    Re: poem help

    Quote Originally Posted by crazygirl08 View Post
    i need help with the poem the Sharks by Denise Levertov so can someone analyze this for me, please

    Well then, the last day the sharks appeared.
    Dark fins appear, innocent
    as if in fair warning. The sea becomes
    sinister*, are they everywhere?
    I tell you, they break six feet of water*.
    Isn’t it the same sea, and won’t we
    play in it any more?
    I like it clear and not
    too calm, enough waves
    to fly in on. For the first time
    I dared to swim out of my depth.
    It was sundown when they came, the time
    when a sheen of copper still the sea,
    not dark enough for moonlight, clear enough
    to see them easily. Dark
    the sharp lift of the fins.
    Well, it's about sharks. Sharks appear, and there's some question about whether they should swim there. Anyhow, the subject goes swimming, and swam out of her depth. The sharks came at sundown, when she could see them clearly with their dark fins lifting sharply.
    Why would that be the last time they came?
    How did she feels about the sea, the sharks?
    Is this an extended metaphor for something else?

    By the way, what do the asterisks mean?

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