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Ballad Of The Moon

Rating: 2.9

translated by Will Kirkland

The moon came into the forge
in her bustle of flowering nard.
The little boy stares at her, stares.
The boy is staring hard.
In the shaken air
the moon moves her amrs,
and shows lubricious and pure,
her breasts of hard tin.

"Moon, moon, moon, run!
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 06 October 2014

It says that 73 votes were cast about this poem, yet I am the first to comment. I wish the highly trained minds among us had commented - I would glean so much and learn so much from their thoughts. What struck me, what enveloped me, is the sheer beauty of this poem. I do not know how that beauty was created- whether it was its rhythms or its choice of words or the choice of details. All I know is that I was ensnared and want to read this again and again.

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Susan Williams 04 January 2018

Part 1==This is the first poem in his book and it sets the tone and also signals the role of the moon and other natural elements in the book. The moon comes into the smithy dressed as a woman, and dances lasciviously in front of a little boy, casting a spell on the boy through rhyme and repetition: [see reference below]

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Susan Williams 04 January 2018

Part 2==“The boy is entranced but warns the moon that she must flee before the gypsies return or they will chop her up for necklaces and silver rings, typical gypsy jewelry. The words that he uses to caution the moon are incantatory, “Run away, moon, run away, moon.” [see reference below]

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Susan Williams 04 January 2018

Part 4== A barn owl hoots, and through the sky goes the moon, taking a boy by the hand. The boy’s body lies inside the smithy, but his spirit has gone with the moon. The gypsies, upon discovering their loss, commence to wail and shout. Outside, the air, this time a sympathetic element of nature, watches over them. [see reference below]

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Susan Williams 04 January 2018

Part 5==There are many stories in Greek and Roman mythology of the moon descending to the earth to capture a young man and take him away. García Lorca created a modern mythology for his gypsies, weaving strands of ancient tales and local Andalusian culture.- -www.enotes.com/topics/ballad-moon-moon

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Liam McDonnell 30 August 2019

Shadows of Yeats lost child but a more mature life stage still the perplexing good and bad and price to pay for the joy

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jason 29 November 2018

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