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Petit, The Poet Analysis

Author: poem of Edgar Lee Masters Type: poem Views: 16

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Seeds in a dry pod, tick, tick, tick,

Tick, tick, tick, like mites in a quarrel--

Faint iambics that the full breeze wakens--

But the pine tree makes a symphony thereof.

Triolets, villanelles, rondels, rondeaus,

Ballades by the score with the same old thought:

The snows and the roses of yesterday are vanished;

And what is love but a rose that fades?

Life all around me here in the village:

Tragedy, comedy, valor and truth,

Courage, constancy, heroism, failure--

All in the loom, and oh what patterns!

Woodlands, meadows, streams and rivers--

Blind to all of it all my life long.

Triolets, villanelles, rondels, rondeaus,

Seeds in a dry pod, tick, tick, tick,

Tick, tick, tick, what little iambics,

While Homer and Whitman roared in the pines?


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I have to act this piece out for a school performance. It is taking up quite a bit of my time and at first I thought it was just some insane man rambling off thoughts. But that isn\'t so. I finally got it.
If you notice, his very title, \"Petit\", implies a smallness of sorts. Perhaps not the lack of character for as a writer I feel one must have character, but a small status in life. Also, he uses words like vanished and fades, and old thought. It gives the monologue a rather regretful feel. Like he is unaccomplished or not satisfied with what he has done with his life. Then he speaks of tragedy, valor, courage and the like, and it seems like he is inspired. It is as though after death his eyes were finally opened and he is now regretful that he didn\'t see it before. That he didn\'t realize in his life that it was right there in front of him the whole time. That the inspiration he needed, the inspiration which makes poets and writers great, was right there. It was waiting for him, just as it waits for us. And he finally understands. He finally sees it and it is too late for him to write about it.
This is just my interpretation however. I\'m sure many others have different interpretations. It is poetry afterall, and that is just the way poetry is. Its different depending on your angle.

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