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D00M
Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 7:42:19 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

What does the following line mean?

Then would I bear it, clench myself, and die,
Steeled by the sense of ire unmerited

Here is the whole poem:

If but some vengeful god would call to me
From up the sky, and laugh: “Thou suffering thing,
Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy,
That thy love's loss is my hate's profiting!”

Then would I bear it, clench myself, and die,
Steeled by the sense of ire unmerited;
Half-eased in that a Powerfuller than I
Had willed and meted me the tears I shed.

But not so. How arrives it joy lies slain,
And why unblooms the best hope ever sown?
— Crass Casualty obstructs the sun and rain,
And dicing Time for gladness casts a moan. . . .
These purblind Doomsters had as readily strown
Blisses about my pilgrimage as pain.


I am looking forward to your answers.
thar
Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 8:04:02 AM

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A post-positional adjective.

Is his sense of ire merited or unmerited?



Quote:
mer·it·ed, mer·it·ing, mer·its
v.tr.
To earn; deserve.


Quote:
merited
adjective deserved, justified, warranted, just, earned, appropriate, entitled, rightful, condign, rightly due His selection for the team was a surprise, but a merited one.



Quote:
ADJECTIVE

Not deserved or merited.
‘an unmerited insult’



ie he is angry. Should he feel that way?




D00M
Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 8:49:50 AM

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Thank you so much, thar, for the crystal clear explanation.

I am looking forward to your answers.
Romany
Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 6:15:57 PM
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But keep in mind Doom, that poetry is meant to be Felt - not parsed. You have to study a poem for its visceral qualities, not its mechanics.

Words MATTER in poetry - either the way they sound, or they look, or because of their rhythm. They have power - because they can make you think.

What does "clench up" bring to mind? When do we clench up? Is it usually from fear? Anger? Determination? What do we clench? And what does "bear" bring to mind? a woman bears a child; a man bears a heavy burden; our responsibilities burden us.

So how would you die? Those pairs tell us clearly: I would bear it, clench myself?.....this shows us determination, strength. The use of the word "steeled" is a deliberate choice because steel is strong so strength is again mentioned.

I won't rattle on - but hopefully I may have given you some inkling about reading poetry?
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