Wednesday, November 30, 2005

That Will to Divest

That Will to Divest
by Kay Ryan

Action creates
a taste
for itself.
Meaning: once
you've swept
the shelves
of spoons
and plates
you kept
for guests,
it gets harder
not to also
simplify the larder,
not to dismiss
rooms, not to divest yourself
of all the chairs
but one, not
to test what
singleness can bear,
once you've begun.

I really like how this poem's lines are broken up. I don't know what the word "divest" means, but I can guess from this poem that it might mean something like the act of removing all but one thing. The fluidity of this poem is quite apparent, especially if you read it aloud. Other than that one word "divest" I really like how the words are simple as is the message. I feel, however, if Ryan had broken up the lines in a way where the last line is just a single word, presentation of the poem as a whole would have more of a beneficial affect to the overriding message of "that will to divest."

2 Comments:

Blogger Danny said...

I agree, the line breaks in this poem are really interesting. It really adds a tension to the work that creates a sense of action in the reader.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Stratos said...

Divest means the opposite of invest.

3:34 PM  

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