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Silence Analysis

Author: poem of Marianne Moore Type: poem Views: 18

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My father used to say,

"Superior people never make long visits,

have to be shown Longfellow's grave

nor the glass flowers at Harvard.

Self reliant like the cat --

that takes its prey to privacy,

the mouse's limp tail hanging like a shoelace from its mouth --

they sometimes enjoy solitude,

and can be robbed of speech

by speech which has delighted them.

The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence;

not in silence, but restraint."

Nor was he insincere in saying, "Make my house your inn."

Inns are not residences.


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Maybe he wanted to make her strong and superior too by telling her \"Make my house your inn.\"

| Posted on 2011-01-05 | by a guest

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I believe the poem is about a father telling his son/daughter (though most likely a daughter) how superior people act like. They usually never stay long because they think others are beneath them, they crave power as represented by how the mouse is victimized by the cat, and that their restraint in not speaking of their superiority shows more than if they were to gloat about their greatness. The ending tells us that he wants his daughter to become this person by saying \"Make my house your inn\" since inns are usually places that one would stay for about a night or two.

| Posted on 2010-11-21 | by a guest

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I think that at the end of the peopm her father was almost trying to kick her out of the house or get her to stay for a short time.
"Nor was he insincere in saying, "Make my house your inn."
Inns are not residences."
It was like he was saying "you're welcomed to stay..but only for a short time."

| Posted on 2010-04-27 | by a guest

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I think this poem is great and its meaningful by every word. shane a student

| Posted on 2009-03-15 | by a guest

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