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    Enjoyed this poem very much: "eye candy for the walkers"...

    "Between my finger and my thumb" - Seamus Heaney; Digging... https://www.poetryoutloud.org/poem/digging/
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    Loved so much this comparison between pen and spade: "Between my finger and my thumb/The squat pen rests./I’ll dig with it."

    "CAN scenes like these withdraw thee from thy wood"."The Streamlet" by George Crabbe
    http://www.poetryatlas.com/poetry/po...streamlet.html
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    Half a km from the Blacksmith's Cottage - seems to have dried out by now; perhaps still a garden or a wood ? Enjoyed the poem
    More on the poet and his works: https://www.poemhunter.com/i/ebooks/...be_2011_12.pdf

    "Do not despair of man, and do not scold him," - Stevie Smith; Do Not!... https://www.poetryoutloud.org/poem/do-not/
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    Thanks for the Crabbe ebook!

    "Do not"-I could swear this poem was written by a man until I read the bio.

    "Each day I go into the fields"."The Farmer" by W.D. Ehrhart
    https://www.poetryoutloud.org/poem/the-farmer/
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    A poem of futility in contrast to William Carlos Williams' poem: https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/farmer... enjoyed

    "Factory windows are always broken." -
    Vachel Lindsay; Factory Windows Are Always Broken... https://allpoetry.com/Factory-Windows-Are-Always-Broken
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    "The Farmer". Agree with your comparison, tailor. If one thinks of the farm as representing the human field of action or even the poem itself for Ehrhart it seems a sort of "Loves labor lost". To live, to work and even to have and raise chldren (They would not understand me/if I stooped to lift a rock/and hold it like a child, or laughed,") seem futile attempts, while WCW's farmer looks proudly at his farm, seeing in it a constructive work in life and art.
    Enjoyed very much "Factory Windows Are Always Broken..." and the analysis of the poem.

    "Game for anything, they have a live model,"."At the Porcelain Factory, Aveiro" by Neil Leadbeater
    http://www.poetryatlas.com/poetry/po...2C-aveiro.html
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    Delightful poem... Enjoyed

    "Halted against the shade of a last hill," - Wilfred Owen; Spring Offensive... https://eliteskills.com/c/1804
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    Powerful poem contrasting soldiers resting in nature and the horrors of the battle.

    "If I speak for the dead, I must leave". "Author’s Prayer" by Ilya Kaminsky
    https://www.poetryoutloud.org/poem/authors-prayer/
    more poetry:https://www.ilyakaminsky.com/poems
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    Interesting poem... Quite the accomplished poet. Not sure but the poem reads as if the protagonist feels guilt about being alive. Enjoyed.

    "Joy of my life, full oft for loving you " - Edmund Spenser; Joy of my life, full oft for loving you... https://www.poetryoutloud.org/poem/j...or-loving-you/
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    re Ilya Kaminsky. Agree. This idea is still more explicit in this other poem:https://www.poetryoutloud.org/poem/w...uring-the-war/

    Enjoyed "Joy of my Life..." this 16th C poem.

    "King Solomon drew merchantmen,"."The Merchantmen" by Rudyard Kipling
    http://www.poetryatlas.com/poetry/po...rchantmen.html
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    re: Ilya - Yes, sadly.

    Rollicking sea poem by a master writer... enjoyed

    "Love at the lips was touch" - Robert Frost; To Earthward... https://eliteskills.com/c/514
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    Enjoyed poem and analysis. One language quibble: Earthward translates for me as "in the direction of the earth. What is the "to " doing before the word? For me it sounds like a mistake, but that is impossible.

    "My life closed twice before its close;"."Parting" by Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
    https://www.public-domain-poetry.com...parting-138001
    kind of interpretation:https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poem/parting/
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    In an article brief on google I found a snippet, but couldn't access the full article: from: Getting round: notes towards an 'Ars Poetica.' - Document Gale https://go.gale.com › i.do by P Muldoon 1998 Cited by 70 —
    `To Earthward'. Isn't that a shade tautological? Wouldn't `Earthward' make the point? My sense is that Frost is appealing to the title-format of `To"
    (ends there)... hence "tautology": "When used purposefully, it can make one’s writing sound more poetic and interesting. It can also help to drive home a point that’s particularly important in a passage."... https://poemanalysis.com/literary-device/tautology/ So Frost is using a bit of "poetic license", as the usage is on purpose.

    Enjoyed Emily's poem & analysis (couldn't access the first link for some reason). To put a wrinkle in the meaning for me - my faith believes in a pre-mortal existence, so two "closings" proceeding death which lead to "immortality" or "eternal life" (which are differentiated) at the last judgment. It's unlikely Emily had this belief, though she lived in a time when my church was in its infancy, but one could hope

    In honor of our full moon:

    "Now as Heaven is my Lot, they're the Pests of the Nation!" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge; A Soliloquy of the Full Moon, She Being in a Mad Passion... https://eliteskills.com/c/4670
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    Thanks for this extensive research, tailor. You hit the nail on the head, . I just wanted to know how you native speakers feel about this curious title.
    Here are some nice examples of tautology:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tautol...nd%20a%20point.

    Found this link about ED's relationship to Church and religion. I hope it opens:
    https://youngwritersproject.org/expl...son-and-church

    "A Soliloquy of the Full Moon, She Being in a Mad Passion." A cute account of the romantic Moon!

    "O bells that rang, O bells that sang". "The Mission Bells of Monterey" by Bret Harte
    http://www.online-literature.com/for...63#post1405863
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    Enjoyed the wiki... Even more so the article on my distant cousin's religious convictions. I'm better acquainted with Eliza R. Snow's sensibilities through her works in my church, another distant cousin poet and hymn writer, who was 25-years Emily's senior and passed on within a year of Emily

    Enjoyed "Bells"... The link referenced back to LitNet but I found it here... https://www.poetrycat.com/francis-br...ls-of-monterey

    "Plough, vessel, plough the British main," - Charlotte Bronte; The Missionary... https://www.poetrycat.com/charlotte-...the-missionary
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    who am I but a stitch in time
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    7-8-2015

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