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Unknown Bird Analysis



Author: poem of W.S. Merwin Type: poem Views: 11

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Out of the dry days

through the dusty leaves

far across the valley

those few notes never

heard here before



one fluted phrase

floating over its

wandering secret

all at once wells up

somewhere else



and is gone before it

goes on fallen into

its own echo leaving

a hollow through the air

that is dry as before



where is it from

hardly anyone

seems to have noticed it

so far but who now

would have been listening



it is not native here

that may be the one

thing we are sure of

it came from somewhere

else perhaps alone



so keeps on calling for

no one who is here

hoping to be heard

by another of its own

unlikely origin



trying once more the same few

notes that began the song

of an oriole last heard

years ago in another

existence there



it goes again tell

no one it is here

foreign as we are

who are filling the days

with a sound of our own






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I think that Merwin is trying to say that we all are like the unknown bird in some way. He is to say that we all have a song to sing. We are trying to fit in even though it may sound foreign to others. Also, with his short phrasing and lack of punctuation makes reading the poem an interesting experience. It feels as though you are falling down the page from stanza to stanza. Similar to the way the notes of an unknown bird fall down from the sky and through the trees to the unwilling listeners on the ground.

| Posted on 2010-12-05 | by a guest


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I think that Merwin is trying to say that we all are like the unknown bird in some way. He is to say that we all have a song to sing. We are trying to fit in even though it may sound foreign to others. Also, with his short phrasing and lack of punctuation makes reading the poem an interesting experience. It feels as though you are falling down the page from stanza to stanza. Similar to the way the notes of an unknown bird fall down from the sky and through the trees to the unwilling listeners on the ground.

| Posted on 2010-12-05 | by a guest




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