Devon LibuttiTopics in Literature Ms. Grinnell 14 December 2017 Poetry Finishing UpA.R. AmmonsI wonder if I know enough to know what it’s really liketo have been here: have I seen sights enough to giveseeing over: the clouds, I’ve waited with whiteOctober clouds like these this afternoon often before andtaken them in, but white clouds shade other whiteones gray, had I noticed that: and though I’vefollowed the leaves of many falls, have I spent time withthe wire vines left when frost’s red dyes strip the leavesaway: is more missing than was never enough: I’m suremany of love’s kinds absolve and heal, but were they passingrapids or welling stirs: I suppose I haven’t done and seenenough yet to go, and, anyway, it may be way on on the waybefore one picks up the track of the sufficient, theworld-round reach, spirit deep, easing and all, not just mindanswering itself but mind and things apprehended at onceas one, all giving all way, not a scrap of question holding back.In this poem, the narrator questions if he has lived his life to the fullest. Throughout the work, he speaks about his regrets and wishes to pursue more of life’s offerings. He craves a feeling of true satisfaction, and therefore finds a default with his current state in time. After questioning about whether he has done everything he wanted to do, the speaker shifts into a separate thought. One that proves his desire to be one with the world. He feels a need to create new experience. The speaker does not address that it is impossible to see everything in life. His dream is ultimately unrealistic, but the message it makes all the difference. There is a sense of hope accompanied with this objective that keeps him optimistic and engaged. By expressing that “it may be way on on the way before one picks up the track of the sufficient.” the narrator realizes that it is impossible for one person to see everything in life. However he finds peace in knowing that he can try. The speaker in this poem conveys to the reader that it is okay if one misses out on some of life’s greatest things. It is important to be happy with the decisions one has made and how they live in the moment everyday.I have a strong connection with how the narrator preservers to achieve as much as he can. At the end the poem, he explains, ” things apprehended at once as one, all giving all way, not a scrap of question holding back.” In other words, live a life with no regrets. I like how the speaker never really defines his purpose in life. He just knows how to be content with his own actions and what he chooses to pursue. I think going through life undefined is a good perspective to have. No one can tell you how to live or what is right from wrong. Love is More Thicker Than ForgetE.E. Cummings love is more thicker than forgetmore thinner than recallmore seldom than a wave is wetmore frequent than to failit is most mad and moonlyand less it shall unbethan all the sea which onlyis deeper than the sealove is less always than to winless never than aliveless bigger than the least beginless littler than forgiveit is most sane and sunlyand more it cannot diethan all the sky which onlyis higher than the skyAnalysis: This poem illustrates the depth of heartache and its repercussions. It is an entire metaphor comparing the meanings behind love and forget. The two definitions contradict each other throughout the poem and provoke a stronger message than what appears on the surface. Falling in love is a part of human experience, but it also comes with a lot of standards that require a level of sacrifice. Love is intense and at times, uncontrollable. It can neither be completely ignored or forgotten. This a burden that comens with such strong emotion. It is almost unforgettable when one is faced overcome the tragedy of broken love. Love is crazy and confusing, so the author speaks about how the topic is like a paradox. For example, “it is most mad and moonly” and “it is most sane and sunly”. I admire how E.E. Cummings views love as something uncontrollable. It comes and goes in waves that many find hard to forget once they pass. Some choose to supress how they truly feel after unrequited love or failed love. However I find it hard to whole-heartedly reject any senses of past experience. Whether the memory is positive or negative, I think we all remember how we felt at some point or another while in love. While the poem is representative in meaning, it also accompanies some lyric that obtains a hidden message. I believe the author chose to have the reader make up this part, possibly relate it to their own definition of love.Once the World Was PerfectBy, Joy HarjoOnce the world was perfect, and we were happy in that world.Then we took it for granted.Discontent began a small rumble in the earthly mind.Then Doubt pushed through with its spiked head.And once Doubt ruptured the web,All manner of demon thoughtsJumped through—We destroyed the world we had been givenFor inspiration, for life—Each stone of jealousy, each stoneOf fear, greed, envy, and hatred, put out the light.No one was without a stone in his or her hand.There we were,Right back where we had started.We were bumping into each otherIn the dark.And now we had no place to live, since we didn’t knowHow to live with each other.Then one of the stumbling ones took pity on anotherAnd shared a blanket.A spark of kindness made a light.The light made an opening in the darkness.Everyone worked together to make a ladder.A Wind Clan person climbed out first into the next world,And then the other clans, the children of those clans, their children,And their children, all the way through time—To now, into this morning light to you. This poem describes what the world was like before any negativity entered its atmosphere. The author, Joy Harjo, is of Native American decent. She appreciates the earth and all of its beauty. Through her poetry, Joy is able to speak her mind and write about the harmful influence that many of our attitudes have on the world around us. She claims that, as humans, we are all filled with anger and jealousy. These emotions are out of our control at times. We are willing to do anything to get revenge or reverse these uncomfortable surges of frustration. This can lead to violence and cloud our judgement. Envy consists is wanting what someone else has. This is a dangerous thought, however most of us find it easy to succumb to. Harjo is saying that quite and attitude is very unreasonable. To begrudge another’s benefit is cost to oneself. Harjo indicates that kindness can heal of negativity that channels through the world. She sheds light on the power of positive energy and the effects it can have on the world. By wrapping up the poem with an enlightening solution, Harjo leaves a lasting impression on the reader about doing good for the world. I enjoyed reading about Harjo’s philosophy on negativity. I interpreted most of her points as jealous actions and thoughts. These can truly cause harm to oneself. There have been times where anger becomes a fixed state. Acts of kindness are the only way to pull someone out of such a dark place. When someone’s entire mindset is off balance, a ripple effect occurs on the people around them. This is how negativity spreads.