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September 29, 2022

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The sympathy for an old man created by these poems—which are really one poem—lies outside the poems, i.e., with the reader. And to end with the slightly wrong quote (though maybe “grow” in some Tennyson ms. has been found to be “glow” but is probably there for the alliteration or because the smug “you” is fallible after all) brings the sympathy into the “you” (who isn’t even part of the second poem). These are lovely sad poems, and one at that.

made me think of my gramps, 50 years back. thx.

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