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The Secret Analysis



Author: poem of Denise Levertov Type: poem Views: 21

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Two girls discover

the secret of life

in a sudden line of

poetry.



I who don't know the

secret wrote

the line. They

told me



(through a third person)

they had found it

but not what it was

not even



what line it was. No doubt

by now, more than a week

later, they have forgotten

the secret,



the line, the name of

the poem. I love them

for finding what

I can't find,



and for loving me

for the line I wrote,

and for forgetting it

so that



a thousand times, till death

finds them, they may

discover it again, in other

lines



in other

happenings. And for

wanting to know it,

for



assuming there is

such a secret, yes,

for that

most of all.





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What is her relationship to the two girls?
Can someone help is for school, please!

| Posted on 2015-02-04 | by a guest


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I think this poem is about being able to lose yourself in a story/poem and being able to find something and/or understand something in a way that other can\'t of won\'t.

| Posted on 2013-06-12 | by a guest


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This poem is about a person on the outside who is watching the two girls as they learn about life. The first stanza leads me to think of the two young girls reading a poem together that was written by the person on the outside while laying in the grass on a warm summer day. I can see them reading it, and interpreting it to mean something that strikes an emotion or sudden realization whithin them. Later on, in The Secret, it says that the girls, \"have forgotten the secret\" which I take to mean that they haven\'t really thought about the poem since they first read it together and that the secret was more of a childhood discovery than something no one has ever found before. In the line that reads,\"I who don\'t know the secret wrote the line\", to me this means that the author cannot see what the discovery the girls have made is, because the author is too old to feel the amazement in the world that children new to the earh feel.
This poem reminds me of when I was young and everything seemed to be a miracle. From a ladybug on a leaf to an airplane in the sky, it was all so new and exciting. I feel like the girls found something amazing in the poem just like I found something amazing in everything around me. \"a thousand timees, till death finds them, they may discover it again in other lines, in other happenings.\" This supports my idea of the secret not being a secret at all, but simply a discovery that everyone has found, yet have forgotten.

| Posted on 2013-03-07 | by a guest


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The secret was found by two girls. But, the author doesn\'t know what the secret is, even though it\'s in one of her poems. The two girls won\'t tell her where the secret is, not even the line they got it from.

| Posted on 2013-01-28 | by a guest


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so what does it truly mean? is it right in front of my face, that the meaning is the meaning to the secret to life? that no one gives the time of day to realize whats the key to what they want, even with no information (why poem was made)? or is it even easier by thinking about two girls reading the poem about rediscovering the hidden meaning of it?

| Posted on 2013-01-11 | by a guest


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so what does it truly mean? is it right in front of my face, that the meaning is the meaning to the secret to life? that no one gives the time of day to realize whats the key to what they want, even with no information (why poem was made)? or is it even easier by thinking about two girls reading the poem about rediscovering the hidden meaning of it?

| Posted on 2013-01-11 | by a guest


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This poem is about the little things in life and how sometimes we never take the time out to awe in its beauty!

| Posted on 2011-10-28 | by a guest


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this poem reveals that interpretation is the key to understanding: it doesnt matter what the author means by the poem or the line, it only matters what the two girls see (interpret) when they read it. it is about the small things in life, the purity of the creation of ideas, the meaning that the girls read INTO the poem.
im amazed by this poem, its simple and beautiful and everybody can relate to it because just like the two girls, we all understand something else, we all connect different experiences from our own lives with the two girls.
for me, it reminds me of all those little moments where you really have an idea and simply enjoy thinking about this idea and developing it further.
amazing

| Posted on 2011-05-31 | by a guest


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This poem, I think, is about a pedo-bear watching two girls reading a poem together that he wrote. He didnt expect them to find out his \"secret\" so he praises them for finding it out. Saying \"he loves them\", and I\'m sure he does. =] He doesnt even know what he wrote. He was so drunk when he wrote it. And so he gives the girls some drugs so he can...you know, and they forget about it all later on. Then they die, and remember, then come back to life, then die again forgetting, and then remember as they are brought back again - so on and so forth. .... Btw, I KNOW this isnt the most mature of analysis responses. I know the author is a woman and that this poem acually means something else. Just going with the theme. The Poem is about how the reader interprets poems that he/she reads. These two girls found something in this lady\'s poem that she didnt expect them to find, like a revelaion. Just as the girls interpret the poem in a different way, I am as well with this poem. Come on, have some humor !

| Posted on 2010-11-17 | by a guest


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This poem is about a person on the outside who is watching the two girls as they learn about life. The first stanza leads me to think of the two young girls reading a poem together that was written by the person on the outside while laying in the grass on a warm summer day. I can see them reading it, and interpreting it to mean something that strikes an emotion or sudden realization whithin them. Later on, in The Secret, it says that the girls, "have forgotten the secret" which I take to mean that they haven't really thought about the poem since they first read it together and that the secret was more of a childhood discovery than something no one has ever found before. In the line that reads,"I who don't know the secret wrote the line", to me this means that the author cannot see what the discovery the girls have made is, because the author is too old to feel the amazement in the world that children new to the earh feel.
This poem reminds me of when I was young and everything seemed to be a miracle. From a ladybug on a leaf to an airplane in the sky, it was all so new and exciting. I feel like the girls found something amazing in the poem just like I found something amazing in everything around me. "a thousand timees, till death finds them, they may discover it again in other lines, in other happenings." This supports my idea of the secret not being a secret at all, but simply a discovery that everyone has found

| Posted on 2010-05-11 | by a guest


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I believe the poem “The Secret” by Denise Levertov is about learning through thought and imagination. I believe the two girls in the poem are reading a poem and deciphering what it means to them. What these two girls learn (the secret) may not be what the author is meaning the lesson or the secret meaning hidden in the poem to be (“I who don’t know the secret wrote the line”). These two girls will not tell what they have learned or found or even give a hint. I believe they want other people to look for themselves and see what they can find or learn. The author now believes after time passes that these two girls have moved on to something else and have forgotten what they found or learned the first time. The author is happy about this because it gives the girls a reason to read this poem many more times and find new lessons and secrets. The author still doesn’t know what these two girls are talking about with the secret but he is glad they think there is a secret, he is grateful for them.

| Posted on 2010-02-22 | by a guest


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This poem is about a person on the outside who is watching the two girls as they learn about life. The first stanza leads me to think of the two young girls reading a poem together that was written by the person on the outside while laying in the grass on a warm summer day. I can see them reading it, and interpreting it to mean something that strikes an emotion or sudden realization whithin them. Later on, in The Secret, it says that the girls, "have forgotten the secret" which I take to mean that they haven't really thought about the poem since they first read it together and that the secret was more of a childhood discovery than something no one has ever found before. In the line that reads,"I who don't know the secret wrote the line", to me this means that the author cannot see what the discovery the girls have made is, because the author is too old to feel the amazement in the world that children new to the earh feel.
This poem reminds me of when I was young and everything seemed to be a miracle. From a ladybug on a leaf to an airplane in the sky, it was all so new and exciting. I feel like the girls found something amazing in the poem just like I found something amazing in everything around me. "a thousand timees, till death finds them, they may discover it again in other lines, in other happenings." This supports my idea of the secret not being a secret at all, but simply a discovery that everyone has found, yet have forgotten.

| Posted on 2009-04-26 | by a guest


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This poem is about a third person observing two girls’ revelation about life. I don’t think they found anything tangible claiming to be the ‘secret of life’. “The two girls discover the secret of life in a sudden line of poetry.” This can mean that poems hold emotions which are the secret of life or what I believe the author intended which is that having a value for life itself is the secret to life. “I who don’t know the secret wrote the line.” Which means it’s not evident to all readers. Possibly it, the secret, is a state of mind. But it is obviously short term because “No doubt by now, more than a week later, they have forgotten the secret, the line, the name of the poem.” This implies that the secret itself is remembering life. I don’t think the author means the girls would have forgotten finding the poem/ meaning of life, I believe she means they would have forgotten the entire message which is the value of memories.

| Posted on 2009-02-06 | by a guest


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they notice something that denise doesn't that exsplains life but it disappears when it doesn't fit into there life...

| Posted on 2009-01-09 | by a guest


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now they have forgotten the secret, they are able to find the secret of life again, but it will probably be in another poem, or such

| Posted on 2008-06-19 | by a guest


.: The secret :.

This poem is about two girls who tell Levertov the have found the secret of life in one of her poems. I have to do a huge English project on this, and i cannot find any literary devices in this poem!

| Posted on 2008-05-17 | by a guest


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what Till death finds them, they may discover it again, in other lines in other happenings mean?

| Posted on 2008-03-20 | by a guest




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