Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Country Stars

Country Stars
By: William Meredith

The nearsighted child has taken off her glasses
and come downstairs to be kissed goodnight.
She blows on a black windowpane until it's white.
Over the apple trees a great bear passes
but she puts her own construction on the night.

Two cities, a chemical plant, and clotted cars
breathe our distrust of darkness on the air,
clouding the pane between us and the stars.
But have no fear, or only proper fear:
the bright watchers are still there.

This poem caught my attention off the bat with the opening line, " as the nearsighted child has taken off her glasses." This is an indication that she is ready to go to bed. And as many children are tucked in or are given goodnight kisses, so is the child in this poem. It gives it a human characteristic which is nice and brings the idea of family and comfort in full circle. The scene that is being described out of her window is an elaborate mixture of urban scenes with the contrast of nature. The speaker acknowledges that even the child is able to recognize the clutter that has been created and placed there by modern society. The "bright watchers" in my interpretation are the stars that provide some kind of softness, and kindness in the cold atmosphere outside.

2 Comments:

Blogger Sarah said...

Nice reading of the poem. It's funny that Meredith uses stars to suggest warmth, as you suggest, because they are usually images of coldness and distance.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Esther said...

I did this poem too by the way. Good choice, I enjoyed the poem as well. I agree with what you said about how the first couple of lines giving the poem a sense of family and comfort. I also enjoy the scenery that the speaker paints of the outside picture.

11:55 PM  

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