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Commentary on 'Entirely'

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Commentary on "Entirely" by Louis MacNeice Entirely" is a poem by Louis MacNeice, It discusses the idea of the imperfections of life. It contains three stanzas, eight lines each. Every stanza ends with the word entirely. the rhyme scheme of the poem is consistent (a,b,c,b,d,a,d). the overall poem has the theme of the struggle of life, but each stanza is like a branch of that one big theme. There are a lot of imagery in the poem, so there are more than one meaning; the literal meaning, an the meaning that lies beneath the words of imagery. The literal meaning of the first stanza is that you cannot get anything perfectly, even an overheard phrase. While the second stanza literally means this: if happiness was found in somebody else's arms, the spears of the plants in spring that go through our flesh each year should not be feared, neither should the fire alarms and sirens that banish the clear, innocent love. ...read more.


The first stanza of the poem talks about the idea that we can never be sure of either the language we use or the ideas that are found in that language. MacNeice shows us that we are only able to enjoy or experience a limited amount of whole life. In the first stanza, MacNeice shows us that those who try to learn and try to understand life more are unable to: " And when we try to eavesdrop on the great presences it is rarely that by a stroke of luck we can appropriate even a phrase entirely." This demonstrates the point that we are limited to what we experience. The second stanza talks of how we worry about what life has in store for us, but how we shouldn't as we have no choice in the matter and should just live life to the full. ...read more.


MacNeice tells us that life really is difficult but Life would be really boring if we had it panned out for us without the exciteable choices that life brings us. We would be surer of what to do with ourselves and worry less about what might or might happen, MacNeice describes the good parts of life in been the "prism of delight and pain" and the "mad weir of tigerish waters". What keeps us going through life is the fact that we desire to know what is going to happen to us, and we look forward to the excitement that life brings us. That is what MacNeice is telling us, but he also warns us not to worry about life, and just let it flow, enjoy the good times and forget the bad, and I feel that is a very important message. Jack Boddy ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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