Thursday, October 06, 2005

2nd week 1st entry

The World Doesn’t End by Charles Simic
We were so poor I had to take the place of the bait in the mousetrap. All alone in the cellar, I could hear them pacing upstairs, tossing and turning in their beds. “These are dark and evil days,” the mouse told me as he nibbled my ear. Years passed. My mother wore a cat-fur collar which she stroked until its sparks lit up the cellar.
The stone is a mirror which works poorly. Nothing in it but dimness. Your dimness or its dimness, who’s to say? In the hush your heart sounds like a black cricket.


This poem by Charles Simic is very complicated despite its short length. It almost seems as if it had no literal meaning to it despite the simplistic approach to language it retains throughout its entirety. Yet, the poem has a fantastic or fantasy-like style that exercises your imagination as you read. The meaning behind it is buried deep inside the poem and as a consequence it leads the reader into exploring different interpretations. As the title says The World Doesn’t End relates to the speaker’s attitude toward his situation of being extremely poor. This is reflected in his first line where he is kind of joking about the level of poverty he was in and continues with that idea for the most part of the poem. This shows how serious his situation really was but yet he is saying life must go on no matter where you find yourself. The second stanza jumps away from the story and contains very good imagery that leaves us thinking about the way in which we look at things. He compares a mirror to a stone and leaves open the question of whether or not the reflection from a rock belongs to us or the rock itself. In the end no one should care because nothing alone is bad enough to stop the world.





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