Monday, July 26, 2010

I Saw From the Beach

Thomas Moore's "I Saw From the Beach" is one of many poems in which a small unit of time -- in this case, a day -- stands for a larger unit of time, a life.

Often the symbolism comes in the form of references to the seasons; here, though, it is morning and evening. I find the image of the bark striking, particularly the line "The bark was still there, but the waters were gone". Here concrete imagery and physical descriptions hint at a meaning which will be explicated in the later verses.