What are the two main themes presented in the poem "To Hold a Poem" by A.J. M. Smith?
- synopsisLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
You have the name of the poem wrong.
To Hold in a Poem
I would take words
As crisp and as white
As our snow; as our birds
Swift and sure in their flight;
As clear and as cold
As our ice; as strong as a jack pine;
As young as a trillium; as old
As the Rockies' irregular line;
Sweet-smelling and bright
As new rain; as hard
And as smooth and as white
As a brook pebble clean and unmarred;
To hold in a poem of words,
Like water in colourless glass,
The spirit of mountains like birds,
Of forests as pointed as grass,
Snow drifting thin out of blue,
Dark waters swirled into white.
Dark cedar, dark fir, and the blue
Cold night and the blue cold light.
The lonely and austere
Spirit of river and prairie,
Lonely, untouchable, clear
As the eagle's high, loneliest eyrie.
A J M Smith is saying that to be truly Canadian a poem needs to be about all the things that people normally associate with Canada (snow, the Rockies, eagles, pine forests .....) and to be expressed in a typically Canadian language (a language which talks about snow, the Rockies, eagles ....).
A J M Smith is saying that being Canadian is essentially being cliché.
Maybe he is right.
- Anonymous8 years ago
for truly expert help on this poem.
- 8 years ago