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July 05, 2011

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I hadn't read this before. I like it. Which kind of seems like a dumb thing to say after your thoughtful post. But I like it. Maybe he was sick of all the politics and spying and stuff, or maybe, as you suggest, his landlady was getting on his nerves and just wanted to be left alone - for a little while, anyway. If he really wanted to be left alone in the garden (some garden, too!), he wouldn't have written the poem.

(Response to be filed under "Why Laura Will Never Be a Literary Critic.")

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