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Exercise 1.1 As I peruse the latest in a never ending saga of required school readings, thinking how unlikely it is that I will be enticed by this particular essay to read closely what it is trying to tell me, my eye catches sight of four lines, two stanzas, twenty four words, and I am captivated by these words in particular screaming off the page: “The one of a kind, the singular like/ my dear lover, cannot last. /And yet the collective life, which is/also us, shimmers on”(Doty 39). Rethinking my previous dismissal, I return to the beginning to discover what truth lies here. In his essay, “Souls on Ice”, Mark Doty explores the comfort he finds in the realization that individuals are valuable only in their membership to the whole. Doty initially is intrigued by the idea of the mackerel as a metaphor for “interchangeability”, reveling in the splendor of the school of fish and the flashing scales of each identical individual. As the metaphor unravels, and the poem with it, Doty moves to a deeper
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