Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Gridlock #2

Between the galaxies so far apart,
Among the stars and planets of the night,
There’s emptiness to give our souls a fright,
To leave us with a vacuum of the heart.
Although we call in space with words and art,
We try to beam our thoughts to cast a light,
And send our love to make the blackness bright;
The unmapped darkness still leers from our chart.
There’s so much emptiness, it goes beyond
Our dreams, our hopes, our hearts so overfull;
Few lights reflect across the endless pond
Of space, so infinite, and past our pull.
Though love, I’ve heard, can last eternally,
Can it fill up a bleak infinity?

of poem means

   Sonnets from Space, this is a collection of sonnets. The individual sonnets don't have titles, but the name of the collection seems quite obvious...these sonnets are from space.

parts of the Poem

The universe is so big, and we are so small. Can we really make a difference?

of some of the words – changing literal meaning to implied or associated values

Pond, love, words that generally are used to convey large concepts are reduced to little bits.

What is the attitude of the author, characters or yourself?

The attitude is almost sad. That no matter what we do, who we are, or where we've been we are still tiny in comparison to the rest of the universe.

At first we think or feel one way – then there is a shift:  identify the shifts and explain them

The shift comes close to the end of the sonnet. The somber tone is still present but the is a hint of hope. Can we, just maybe make a difference?

Title revisited
Any new insights on meaning or significance of title?

Space, for this sonnet means infinite darkens. A cold and unforgiving foreign territory.


I like to think that the theme of the sonnet is that the universe might be large and you might be small, and that is why you must do what you can and not think that you don't matter.

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