Friday, January 3, 2003

Before Sleep Comments

Rating: 3.0
The lateral vibrations caress me,
They leap and caress me,
They work pathetically in my favour,
They seek my financial good.


Ezra Pound
Suryendu Chaudhury 29 September 2020
The reference to mythical figures makes the poem hightened in its flavour of deliverance.
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Czyka Tumaliuan 16 January 2008
In addition, he doesnt want 'sympathy'. He accepts that he should be looked down with pity for he exchanged wisdom for money.
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Czyka Tumaliuan 16 January 2008
REPLY TO MR. HAGER: Apparently, the persona in the poem is a person who has a 'side job' that helps him in his financial needs. However, the persona seems to be unhappy with such work as it is not intellectually fulfilling. Thus, he seeks Pallas in his sleep...since it's only there that he will meet wisdom...only in his dreams.. I like the poem.
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Stanton Hager 20 August 2006
For 'pathetic/pathetically' read sympathetic/sympathetically. This INVOCATION poem curiously invokes the wrong goddess. Pallas (Athena) governs wisdom, war, and the practical arts. For a good night's sleep, one might better invoke Nyx, mother of night, or her son Hypnos, god of sleep....Words & phrases like 'rocket' and 'flat projection of a spiral' fail to 'modernize' the poem....Has some pretty lines but some awkward ones, too. Not among Pound's best.
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