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Swan Song Analysis



Author: Poetry of Gerald Stern Type: Poetry Views: 367

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Red Coal1981A bunch of old snakeheads down by the pond

carrying on the swan tradition -- hissing

inside their white bodies, raising and lowering their heads

like ostriches, regretting only the sad ritual

that forced them to waddle back into the water

after their life under the rocks, wishing they could lie againin the sunand dream of spreading their terrifying wings;

wishing, this time, they could sail through the sky likehorses,

their tails rigid, their white manes fluttering,

their mouths open, their sharp teeth flashing,

drops of mercy pouring from their eyes,

bolts of wisdom from their foreheads.






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Very deep and nicely analyzed. i like the imagery used and the descriptive language- and good range of vocab. I wish it rhymed but it's still okay. This inspired me to write one of my own similar to this. Thanks a lot!

Favorite line:
drops of mercy pouring from their eyes,
bolts of wisdom from their foreheads.




Red Coal1981A bunch of old snakeheads down by the pond
carrying on the swan tradition -- hissing
inside their white bodies, raising and lowering their heads
like ostriches, regretting only the sad ritual
that forced them to waddle back into the water
after their life under the rocks, wishing they could lie againin the sunand dream of spreading their terrifying wings;
wishing, this time, they could sail through the sky likehorses,
their tails rigid, their white manes fluttering,
their mouths open, their sharp teeth flashing,
drops of mercy pouring from their eyes,
bolts of wisdom from their foreheads.

| Posted on 2005-01-26 | by 14YearOldPoet




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