Monday, May 23, 2011

Two Rivers

Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Two Rivers" is about the Concord, or Musketaquit, River, and also about a metaphorical river. In this poem, form is indeed function. I like how the rhythm and repetition give a sense of movement -- of a flowing river: through flood and sea, and firmament/ through light, through life, it forward flows The word "through" indeed carries us through.