W. S. Merwin

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Merwin, W. S.

Last Updated: Apr-13-2001
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Aull, Felice

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem


The speaker muses about his assumption--which he now believes to be incorrect--that "any person with normal feelings" or who was well-educated would understand "pain when it went on before them / and would do something about it." He tries to explain why, in fact, this does not happen. Perhaps "it escapes their attention" or perhaps . . . . The speaker enumerates his vision of massive slaughter and destruction--of children, animals, " victims under the blankets." [20 lines]

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