Thursday, 4 May 2017

According to an intelectual source, "The poem is a moral one which deals with the poet's dillema. He recounts the "dim" past and juxtaposes it with the future. 

The future is misty and foggy, and for this reason, he cannot possibly guess what the future looks like, neither can the past proffer any solution. In line 10-12, the poet recalls another striking phenomenon which is a contributing factor to the problem he is facing. 

This time, it is no longer time, but "age". Indeed he is so weighed down, that he is forced to confess that "I have not been drinking", yet he "feels the buoyant waves". Invariably these reactions in his body make him stagger. In line 20, the poet opines and acknowledges that he is still at his wits end. 

He still finds it extremely difficult to decide which way to follow, whether to be involved in "doing good" or otherwise. He is neither for, nor against. He is only but a "fence sitter" signifying his dilemma." 

  The Poem:-
There where the dim past and future mingle their nebulous and aspirations there I lie 
There where truth and untruth struggle, In endless and bloody combat, there I lie 
There where time moves forwards and backwards with not one moment's pause for sighing there I lie There where the body ages relentlessly and only the feeble mind can wander back there I lie in open_ souled amazement, 
There where all the opposites arrive to plague the inner senses, but do not fuse, I hold my head; and then contrive to stop the constant motion 
My head goes round and round; But I have not been drinking I feel the buoyant wave; I stagger It seems the world has changed her garment but it is I who have not crossed the fence, 
So there I lie There where the need for good and the "doing good" conflict there I lie. 
 Copyright (c) Lenrie Peters



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