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The Sloth Analysis

Author: poem of Theodore Roethke Type: poem Views: 17

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In moving-slow he has no Peer.

You ask him something in his Ear,

He thinks about it for a Year;

And, then, before he says a Word

There, upside down (unlike a Bird),

He will assume that you have Heard--

A most Ex-as-per-at-ing Lug.

But should you call his manner Smug,

He'll sigh and give his Branch a Hug;

Then off again to Sleep he goes,

Still swaying gently by his Toes,

And you just know he knows he knows.


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Interesting post Grace. The villanelle is one of my farvoite classical forms. I remember reading my first in Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man and being intrigued. I have to say, though, that I disagree with Strand and Bolan. Rather than the repeated lines being a repudiation of forward motion , I think many fine villanelles *rely* on forward motion to cast new light on repeated lines and bring forth a delicate and understated shades of meaning. For example, One Art (which you mention in the post) has in my mind at least a fairly clear, albeit implied, narrative. The sense of progression through time is a counterpoint to the quiet, steady agony of loss. That agony emerges as a synthesis between the forward motion of the narrative and constant presence of loss in life. x x

| Posted on 2014-03-06 | by a guest

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hmmmm i love it i always say over and over: Vulnerability is acsecs to love. It is when people are bare and raw, that one tends to adore them and appreciate them the most so I have found!Lace

| Posted on 2014-03-05 | by a guest

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I kept trying to rebeemmr why I knew this poem so well from long ago. I recall now it was recommended to me by someone who grew up to be a poet and professor of English. Keep up the good taste and maybe you'll grow up some day yourself!

| Posted on 2014-03-04 | by a guest

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You might be interested in knonwig that Roethke's childhood home in Saginaw, MI will once again be the site of the annual Theodore Roethke celebration (he would have been 104). His wife, Beatrice, attended last year, but alas, the trip from England is too much for her. For more information, email me:

| Posted on 2014-03-04 | by a guest

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This is a poem of an animal that is seldom payed attention to and is wise,possibly reflecting the poet.

| Posted on 2011-09-13 | by a guest

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this is a deep poem describing the speakers's inner feelings after being portrayed as a slow thinker and indifferent person.

| Posted on 2008-11-04 | by a guest

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