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speaker is reminded in this moment that the caterpillar is prone to death, just like herself. This moment is terrifying and devastating to the speaker because she does not believe there is anything beyond earth for the caterpillar to go on to. Life itself has a greater connotation to the speaker because it is all she has. The speaker feels farther apart from her friend as they continue to discuss philosophy. The speaker’s friend points out that she views light to cause sadness (15). The friend’s view is that the speaker believes life to cause pain. Although pain is a result of life, it is also a result of beautiful moments. One can appreciate and hold onto these moments, or they can focus on their fear of the pain they may endure. One cannot life their life in constant fear because they let the moments that make life worth living pass. Ultimately, there is power in having some belief in something greater than oneself,
regardless of believing in a god, because it endorses a greater sense of significance to life. Just when the speaker and her friend seem to be on complete opposite spectrums of faith, they find balance in their silence. Both gain “ease with death, with solitude” (29). Why does it take silence to connect with someone on a deeper level? Maybe once both friends were not trying to bestow their own values on one another, they gained acceptance. The characters unite in their admiration of all life forms, regardless of their views of life and nature. This is a beautiful moment because it shows the capability of humans to understand one another. People can have completely opposing believes, much stronger than the friends, and can find peace despite the tension. Silence and solitude allows for a process of reflection because it allows people to get back to the basics, humanity. Although reality is complicated with thousands of contradicting viewpoints and beliefs, it is also filled with dualities, with people finding a common ground. 4/11/11Faint MusicBy Robert HassMen have a strong image to portray to society. They are seen as tough, masculine, and dominating. This poem explores some of the stereotypical roles of men make the speaker miss out on his relationship. This also enforces the stereotypical role of a woman as weak and vulnerable. Both personas fade when self-awareness is present. The speaker explores the necessity of self-awareness in relationships. The speaker discusses his ideal philosophies on men and women. Initially, the audience was unclear. He states, “Maybe you need to write a poem about grace,” a
suggestion that reveals uncertainty. The speaker then describes some of the stereotypical roles of a man and women. These roles defined by society are still unclear to the speaker; they are not so concrete and definite like when everything is broken or when everything is dead. The first quality he introduces about a man is ego. The “hero” portrays an image of a strong and capable man. The man must be the one to rescue a damsel in distress. This damsel, or heroine to the hero, is insecure. She “has studied her face and its defects/ remorselessly” (5-6). She has an obsession with being perfect, yet she is very critical of