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Indeed, indeed, I cannot tell Analysis

Author: Poetry of Henry David Thoreau Type: Poetry Views: 301

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Indeed, indeed, I cannot tell,
Though I ponder on it well,
Which were easier to state,
All my love or all my hate.
Surely, surely, thou wilt trust me
When I say thou dost disgust me.
O, I hate thee with a hate
That would fain annihilate;
Yet sometimes against my will,
My dear friend, I love thee still.
It were treason to our love,
And a sin to God above,
One iota to abate
Of a pure impartial hate.


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I always thought it was written for one of his rival contemporaries. Hawthorne?

| Posted on 2012-11-14 | by a guest

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I always got the sense that this poem was about forbidden love. That he loved someone who he wasnt supposed too.. And he was too weak to stay with his beloved and went along with what society expected of him. But at the end of the day he could reflect in its bitter irony.. or something. haha

| Posted on 2011-04-27 | by a guest

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I believe that this poem means that he hates who he loves. As many of us do, we hate that we love the ones that we do. Yes, it could of been a fiance but it also could of just been a woman who he had not liked through out his entire life. Or maybe it was a friends and he felt that you should not love a friend but charish them for as friend.

| Posted on 2010-04-27 | by a guest

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Thoreau didn't have a wife. The woman that he loved accepted his proposal, but then had to break off the engagement because of her family. I believe he is speaking to her.

| Posted on 2010-01-09 | by a guest

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I interpret this poem as a way of expressing a marriage gone badly. It is conveying that over time he has lost most his love and replaced it with hate and disgust, possibly from being around her so much. I believe it speaks of marriage due to the,”treason to our love, and a sin to god” reference. This poem has a melancholy yet upbeat tone to it. He speaks in a formal narrative style but does not clarify who he is speaking too; it is assumed it to be the wife. This situation proposes an upbeat and bold attitude that suggests a near future rebirth. Some words used in the poem such as disgust, treason, abate and the repetition of the word hate all conjure negative images. This only adds to the strength and imagery of the words. Writing with a 19th century vocabulary has an interesting draw to the modern reader, interpreting old and unique words has a certain draw.

| Posted on 2009-05-07 | by a guest

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This poem sends a very beautiful message: It is basically saying to all the children of the world to come away from the every day tragedies of human life and to just create their own fantasy world where everything is peaceful and you are not harassed by the hate of the world. It could also be viewed as a melancholy poem, in that Yeats views it as inevitable that children will lose their innocence and sense of wonder and will see that the world is not always a nice place. This poem has rhymes and a nice rhythm: child, wild; hand, understand. It is a narrative poem because it is told from the authors point of view and his is sending a message. I chose this poem because I think it has a wonderful meaning and a nice rhythm to it. I relate to this poem because I am a child and the man who wrote this was Irish as am I.

| Posted on 2005-05-24 | by Approved Guest

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