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Unformatted text preview: What, finally, is he talking about here? Is this a poem about growing up, or growing old? An ode is a serious lyric. If forced to choose, wed call this a Pindaric ode, for it has an elevated, ambitious tone, and varied stanzas. Its 11 stanzas were written in two stages: first four, then seven more. song-like, with wonderfully unpredictable shifts in rhythm, subject matter, imagery arc of poem: crisis, loss, realization, integration While Tintern Abbey spoke of the still, sad music of humanity, this poem contents itself with the fact that such music is all we have, in the end. The heresy of paraphrase: the belief that all fine expression (especially poetry) resists translation into different (especially simpler ) language a poem isnt its content, but rather the sum total of what it does to and for us...
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