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Unformatted text preview: \"It is bitterbitter,\" 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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- Spring '11