The other layer is that we ourselves think the opposite of what the speaker is

The other layer is that we ourselves think the

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-The other layer is that we ourselves think the opposite of what the speaker is thinking. We think we have great minds but the speaker doesn’t think so. This is the false happiness that we enjoy in our ignorance of what we cannot see. Ezra Pound - American expatriate poet, he was supposed to stand trial for treason but instead was found to be of unsound mind and committed to a mental institution for 13 years before he was finally set free. Went to Idaho University. -Salutation : Normally a salutation would be friendly but this poem does not have a friendly feel to it.
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-The last two lines of the poem speak about the fish swimming in the lake not even having to wear clothing. We see ourselves as greater than all other living things but in a lot of spiritual ways human beings are inferior to the animals that we see ourselves as being so far below us. Ransom : A writer who was associated with the past in respect to the civil war era, even though his writings were from a later period. Crowe Ransom is by birth a southerner and represents in terms of education the southern upper class. Founder of the fugitives and a guiding spirit of the fugitive group and though his output has been small it is one of the most distinguished in modern poetry. Father was a Methodist minister and was raised in a very religious yet open minded household. He was a war veteran, poet and critic. Crowe was known more for his short stories and other writings than for his poetry. -Old Mansion : The part where he is going up to the house and he is turned away by the butler and the maid is a dream; it didn’t really happen. The speaker in the poem wishes that he could have seen the mansion in its former glory. He is taken up spiritually and/or intellectually to want to know more about the place. -“which gentle readers abhor” means that other historians of the time do not share the appreciation that he feels for the mansion. -The last stanza, analyze how the speaker views himself in relation to the mansion. -What is suggested by such words as “unseemly world” and “foreign weed?” Where is this unseemly world in the speaker’s estimation? -The world that he must return to from his dreamy state is the unseemly world that he refers too. -Foreign weed is actually suggesting the clothes that he is wearing now which are of a different time period than the era in which the house was built. As he moves into the present, he realizes that he doesn’t fit into the past either. He feels as if he does not fit in with the past or the present. Placeless is a term that refers to his spiritual/intellectual/imagined powers. -“seen in part but unseen in part through the trees” all that is essentially left is what is in his imagination. There is more imagination than there is actual reality in respect to what the mansion is to him.
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