the desert

the desert - "It is bitter—bitter" he...

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To me this poem means that a person is all alone on a desert island and the only thing he has in worry about is to survive. And protect himself from this creatures He has to accept that this is all he has and accept that life can be bitter; the poem is not just about knowing pain. If not is more to learn how to leave with pain. In the desert (A desert is a barren, empty setting I saw a creature, naked, bestial, (A creature, not a man, though he does speak. Naked, bestial to imply a non-existent relation with its fellow \'men\') Who, squatting upon the ground, (While being the position of defecation, squatting is also the only practical way to sit in a desert) Held his heart in his hands, (His heart is a separate entity from his self, his body and emotions are disconnected.) And ate of it. I said: \"Is it good, friend?\" (The creature is called \'friend,\' which implies the \'I\' sees something of himself in it. The axis of this entire poem is the meaning you take from the \'good\' here, but it is a personal meaning.)
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Unformatted text preview: \"It is bitter—bitter,\" he answered; (Bitter is the taste mostly associated with poison. And doubly bitter at that, hardly something edible.) \"But I like it (Like, a weaker and perhaps more visceral emotion than love, but perhaps a more lasting one.) Because it is bitter, (Because his heart causes him pain, he enjoys it.) And because it is my heart.\" (\'It\' has become \'my heart,\' a part of him, and he is able to take satisfaction from that.) Does the poem tell the story of man\'s struggle with his emotions? A man stricken, in the desert living like a wild beast, though he speaks, implying he has not always been there, but has ended up in the desert for a reason. But he takes the courage to possess his heart, bitterness and all, and truly bond to it. I believe it to mean that there is exhalation in accepting one's responsibility for their actions no matter how bitter it may be. One has to take responsibilities in our actions....
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2011 for the course HUMN 427 taught by Professor Cook during the Spring '11 term at DeVry NJ.

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