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Poem Summary Line 1 Tate draws us into a strange scene at the very beginning of this poem. Or, at least, we are thought to be dead because the reader addressed here has been placed in a casket, the lid sealed.

If we pulled this line out of the poem and read it as a separate, freestanding sentence, it would connote a sense of desperation on the part of the speaker.

If we saw the line scrawled alone on a piece of paper, or across a wall, it would likely conjure up chilling images about the person who wrote it— horror, despair, a mad attempt to bring a loved one back to life, the frantic refusal to let go.

But all these macabre pictures derive from taking the line in its literal sense. We can also consider a figurative option. These metaphorical references are more in line, of course, with where the poem takes us and will become more evident in the end. Line 2 The second line of the poem swings the reader degrees in relation to the first one.

Tate is introduced by fellow poet Jon Ashbery. Now an act we thought of as desperate and determined is nothing more than foolish and half-hearted, if that.

The sarcasm toward readers of his poetry in this line comes quickly and unexpectedly. The reader thinks that the poem is making a statement and then all of a sudden the poem insists that the reader think about words, not about content.

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Line 3 Line 3 is a declaration of the self-sacrifice that the poet is willing to endure to connect with us, but now we are leery of his sincerity.

Lines These lines return to the exaggeration of the entire surreal scene. At this point, we picture a desperate man standing over a casket late at night during a blizzard, trying to use a snowflake as though it is a crowbar.

With the sleet pouring down, he can barely see what he is doing or whether he is progressing in prying the coffin open. All of this, of course, is a metaphor for how difficult it is to create a good poem for a fickle audience.

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Line 10 Line 10 presents the speaker as both doubtful and determined. Line 11, therefore, is clear: The possibility of achieving that keeps him from walking away from the work altogether. Perhaps he feels so inadequate in his efforts that even this heavenly body is a foe, eating away at his confidence.

Perhaps moon is just an overused cliche in so much poetry that Tate drops it in here as another tongue-in-cheek move. Themes Surrealism Surrealism refers to artistic or literary works that attempt to express subconscious thoughts through the use of fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtaposition of subject matter.

We could dismiss this conflict as simply a touch of sarcasm to express how much the speaker is not attempting to pry the casket open, but just the presence of a coffin—and, therefore, death—introduces a macabre, surreal element into it.

Rather, he too expresses strange desires and exhibits freakish behavior. In the reader-as-corpse metaphor, he contemplates rubbing the hands of the dead person in order to bring back life in the same manner we may rub two sticks or stones together to spark a fire.

He describes himself as working feverishly in a surreal scene, perhaps in a cemetery where a sealed coffin stands in the open, and snow, sleet, and the moon complement the eerie setting. Instead, he usually finds a way to introduce a comedic effect or to incorporate such odd language pairings that we are distracted from the hopelessness by curiosity and amusement.

But the about-face comes quickly here, as the poet resorts to a snide, yet whimsical, remark about a snowflake on fire.It is said that he used the three-leaf clover to teach the principle of the Holy Trinity.

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