Dennis Ryan

Wellsville, New York
Dennis Ryan
Wellsville, New York
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Final Victory

January 31,2004; revised Monday morning, January 28,2019 at 11: 10 a.m.

"Know then that the world exists for you.For you is the phenomenon perfect."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nature"

"I'd do them no dishonor... but defy the city?I have no strength for that."
- Sophocles, Antigone
Can final victory be discerned in a final dispute
between sisters at a palace altar, followed by one
being buried alivebecause she demands honor
for the body of her fallen, deceased brother?
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Monday, January 28, 2019
Topic(s) of this poem: courage,death,human condition,nature,sisterly love,sisters,tradition,tragedy,victory,women
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
The speaker of the poem recounts the story of Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, and notes that Ralph Waldo Emerson's confidence in Man, as opposed to "Nature" (i.e. the animal and plant world) , is overrated,that Emerson himself came to this realization while deep in thought and reports such.
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