Philip Larkin

West Midlands / England
Philip Larkin
West Midlands / England
Friday, January 3, 2003

Wires Comments

Rating: 3.2
The widest prairies have electric fences,
For though old cattle know they must not stray
Young steers are always scenting purer water
Not here but anywhere. Beyond the wires

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Philip Larkin
COMMENTS
Vanni Pule' 03 February 2008
‘Wires’ encapsulates the gruelling and unforgiving limitations that ensnare living beings on this earth. Electric fencing prevents the cattle from roaming beyond their field and, although the older ones are now wiser, the younger steers are willing to venture at the cost of painful experience. The mind can roam endlessly but the body is a prisoner within the confinements of a relatively claustrophobic existence, where the only escape is through death. The ‘old cattle’ representing the mature and experienced individuals ‘know they must not stray’
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