Monday, October 24, 2005

The World Doesn't End

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 turn-
ing in their beds. " These are dark and evil days,"
the mouse told me as he nibbled in 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 dim-
ness, who's to say? In the hush your heart sounds
like a black cricket.

This line caught me by the first line. It is such a vivid scene with obscene details and descriptions. The poem is confusing in the beginning as it starts out with the speaker being in the basement, trapped. The port shows absolute despare and raw human emotion. It contradicts the poor, desperate beginning with the image of the mother and her "cat" fur coat which is a symbol of wealth and influence. The rat in this poem seems to have the upper hand in this situation or the control, almost as if the rat is more worthy than the speaker. I find this poem to confusing yet very powerful.


Blogger Esther said...

I enjoy reading th poem as well. It seems as if it uses a lot of imagery throughout the poem because of the diction the speaker chooses. It also uses a lot of metaphors that create a different meaning for the poem. You're right about how the poem is confusing at the begining. In a sense, it is easy to understand the literal meaning, but after a while, the underlying meaning that the speaker is trying to convey gets lost.

8:43 PM  
Blogger Ayyappan Ram said...

Hi, found the poem very intriguing - can you please explain its meaning?

10:54 AM  

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