Sunday, October 23, 2005

The World Is a Beautiful Place by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The World Is a Beautiful Place
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don't mind happiness
not always being
so very much fun
if you don't mind a touch of hell
now and then
just when everything is fine
because even in heaven
they don't sing
all the time

The world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don't mind some people dying
all the timeor maybe only starving
some of the time
which isn't half bad
if it isn't you

Oh the world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don't much mind
a few dead minds
in the higher places
or a bomb or two
now and then
in your upturned faces
or such other improprieties
as our Name Brand society
is prey towith its men of distinction
and its men of extinction
and its priests
and other patrolmen

and its various segregations
and congressional investigations
and other constipations
that our fool flesh
is heir to

Yes the world is the best place of all
for a lot of such things as
making the fun scene
and making the love scene
and making the sad scene
and singing low songs
and having inspirations
and walking around
looking at everything
and smelling flowers
and goosing statues
and even thinking
and kissing people and
making babies and wearing pants
and waving hats and
dancing
and going swimming in rivers
on picnics
in the middle of the summer
and just generally'living it up'
Yes
but then right in the middle of it
comes the smiling
mortician

I thought this was a very fun poem even though there is bitter, sarcastic undertone throughout the entire poem. He writes that the world is a great place but then follows it up with all of the negative aspects of life. He is basically critizicing our society. He writes about war, starving children, and our "Name Brand society." Though in the fifth stanza he lists some positive aspects of living, such as"making babies and wearing pants." He lists things like kissing, falling in love, and smelling flowers, and actions using the five senses. However, in one line he writes, "and even thinking," as though it were something people rarely did. I think that he is commenting on all the faults of our society and how we don't even think about them anymore. One of my favorite lines in this poem is" the world is a beautiful place to be born into if you don't much mind a few dead minds in the higher places.", basically saying that the people who run this society are not nescessarily the most qualified to do so. In the final stanza which has the list of all the positive aspects of our society, the final lines end with another depressing note. My guess is that he is saying that people never expect the end, so you might as well always be enjoying yourself and "living it up."

4 Comments:

Blogger Niel said...

This poem was interesting to read, because of all the different suggestions the author was making. Ultimately, like John said, I think the author wanted the reader to do live life to its fullest, because you never know when you will die. In this poem I see the ideas as very cliche, because it seems like a lot of what I hear is, "do what you can when you're young because you'll only be young for a short time..." The author makes some new interesting points about our world and how many things are awful about or society.

11:54 PM  
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12:46 AM  
Blogger Darcie Martin said...

it's spelt great.

4:31 AM  
Blogger Leroy Johnson said...

Well it's "spelt" spelled

4:02 PM  

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