Isabella Valancy Crawford

Dublin, Ireland
Isabella Valancy Crawford
Dublin, Ireland
Tuesday, December 31, 2002

The Canoe Comments

Rating: 2.7
My masters twain made me a bed
Of pine-boughs resinous, and cedar;
Of moss, a soft and gentle breeder
Of dreams of rest; and me they spread


Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 16 November 2014
Beautiful imagery in the poem and rhyme also. It is marvelous and interesting to read as a poem.
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Pranab K Chakraborty 16 November 2011
Beautiful blending of imagery and metaphor. Nice and haunting..
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Michael Harmon 16 November 2009
Description of part of a hunting trip from the point of view of a canoe. A pair of hunters/fishermen, out in a canoe, with rifles, knives and hunting hounds. They beach their canoe, and prepare their deer and fish dinner. A lot of beautiful imagery here, and piquant, I found, especially: 21 Into the hollow hearts of brakes, 22 Yet warm from sides of does and stags, 23 Pass'd to the crisp dark river flags; 24 Sinuous, red as copper snakes, 25 Sharp-headed serpents, made of light, 26 Glided and hid themselves in night. It would appear, however, the poet has more fish to fry (lol) , by her casting out questions concerning the nature of love: 43 'O Love, art thou a silver fish? ...” (I found the inadvertent pun on “silverfish” threw me off for a moment. lol) and 51 'O Love! art thou a silver deer, ”… (this reminded me of ee cummings' later: 'All in Green Went My Love Riding') Few poems are perfect, even by some of the greatest practictioners. Nonetheless, I found this poem both visually and meaningfully evocative, by a poet with a sure sense of diction (notwithstanding my own dislike for “twain”, albeit from the 19th century) , an ear for the music inherent in words, an affinity for powerful end-rhyme, an abundance of metaphoric offerings, and a talent for setting a scene of great texture and ambiance. Much more could be said, if I chose to take the time...
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Ramesh T A 16 November 2009
A long poem to read long in thoughtful way!
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Kevin Straw 16 November 2009
A lot of suggestion here, but it would take a braver man than I to pursue the meaning in this poem - 'and would it have been worth it, after all? ' - perhaps one should simply enjoy the rhetorical surface and let it go at that.
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Ramon Amancio Estanque 16 November 2005
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