Post a Comment. A friend of mine sent me this poem recently. A while back, she and I met up and I was telling her all of my dating woes and my frustration with the whole idea of romance. I am in a much better place now focusing on myself rather than trying to find a needle in a haystack!
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The range in length from five to twelve with no specific pattern of rhyme. There are very important moments of repetition though that help to unify and direct the text. The syntax of the piece is very straightforward but made more impactful by instances of enjambment. The technique can be seen between the first and second lines of each stanza as the speaker reveals one thing she does or does not care to know about her lover.
This makes the revelation, which follows in the next line, all the more impactful. The power of this piece of poetry comes from its list-like format. You can r ead the full poem here at Family Friend Poems. The poem begins with the speaker making two initial statements about what she does and does not want to know about a possible lover.
First, she does not care what they do for a living. She does care about their dreams and what their heart aches for secretly. The speaker goes on to add that she wants her life and that of her lover to be filled with the great adventure of being a live.
They circle around this person, making up their exterior image. She continues on to develop another important aspect of the text, how the listener stands up to scrutiny, loss and disaster. The poem concludes with the speaker expressing her interest in knowing if her listener could live within their own mind, without the company of others.
Their interior fortitude is a deal breaker for her. It is clear from the start that she is not looking for a simple relationship. She is seeking out something deeper and longer lasting.
It is also safe to assume that she would prefer the listener know her in the same ways she is seeking to know them. Instead, one piece of information she would be interested in is a great risk this person took.
Or perhaps a time they looked like a fool for something they loved. This time the point she is trying to make is less obvious.
They are exterior and mean nothing. Instead, she is interested in knowing if this person has come to understand their own sorrow and accepted the negative things that have happened to them. Did they face them? It is clear the former is her preference. The fourth stanza makes a clear statement about how she would like her lover to deal with life, specifically pain.
It should not be something debilitating. Pain should provide a strength rather than a weakness. She is seeking a relationship that is not bound by caution or constant reminders of realism. The speaker is seeking some sort of elevation from her normal like and someone to accomplish this with. The last two lines of the stanza relate back to the last line of the second stanza.
She is again probing her listener for something purely and unabashedly human. She does not care about the stories told for the crowd or the masks worn in public. The speaker turns to beauty in this section and asks if her listener can see it everywhere. This allows beauty to apply to the largest section of the everyday possible.
This sourcing of strength would provide one with a base purity from which their life could stem. Therefore everything they are comes from a deeply held belief in the beauty of everything. The speaker again asks the listener if they would be able to live with disappointment and loss, as well as failure.
This is not necessarily their own, it could be hers as well. She wants a lover who can take it all in stride and remain strong in the face of defeat. Their soul is still strong.
It is likely Dreamer included these lines because they are two of the most common reasons for starting or ending a relationship. She is pushing back strongly against the concept of what a relationship should be. The tenth stanza also has to do with bravery, but this time the speaker is being more direct. The fire is a metaphor for the difficulties or obstacles the couple might encounter. Nor do their cultural interests. This desire of the speaker to see deeper into her listener shows that she does not care if they have the same passions she does, as long as they do have passions.
In the last six lines she expresses her desire to know her lover could live their life alone, or at least enjoy their own company. Literature is one of her greatest passions which she pursues through analysing poetry on Poem Analysis. Please log in again. The login page will open in a new tab. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. Read more.
The range in length from five to twelve with no specific pattern of rhyme. There are very important moments of repetition though that help to unify and direct the text. The syntax of the piece is very straightforward but made more impactful by instances of enjambment. The technique can be seen between the first and second lines of each stanza as the speaker reveals one thing she does or does not care to know about her lover. This makes the revelation, which follows in the next line, all the more impactful. The power of this piece of poetry comes from its list-like format.
The Invitation – Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Prev Poem. Next Poem. I love this more than words. I think of these words often, especially in times that I feel as though I haven't done much through the years, and I'm sweetly reminded that I HAVE done so much! Read complete story. It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
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