Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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  1. I often feel dumb reading poetry. What does "To them, next day." mean?

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    1. Me, too! This is me being pretentious!

      To answer your question, I'm quoting Nick Laird's review in the Guardian:

      The poems are preoccupied with connection and separation. In “The Conway Stewart”, the parental gift of a fountain pen deflects the imminent detachment it marks: the young Heaney’s departure to boarding school. The shopkeeper demonstrating its “pump-action lever” and treating it to its “first deep snorkel / In a newly opened ink-bottle” allows the family group “time / To look together and away / From our parting”, but it also preserves an attachment: he writes in his “longhand / ‘Dear’ / To them, next day.”

      Di pala pang-Valentine's ito.

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    2. Whaaa...! That makes the 5th and 6th stanzas clearer now but how is one to deduce that without knowing the context beforehand? I guess I'd have to read it a coupla dozen times to even come close to the meaning and I don't have the patience for that.

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