Wednesday, April 23, 2008
A Utopia can be defined as an ideally perfect place. Szymborska does an amazing job bringing us this perfect place through words. The speakers short sentences and train of thought create a sense of understanding and deep meaning. And since the sentences are short and easy it makes you think that a Utopia can be understood. I really loved this poem and think it creates this solid space in all that is empty in our world. It's like she is pouring us a glass of water that we so desperately needed. She knows the precise evocation which renders us a Utopia in our minds. The flow of the poem suggests this feeling of awareness when the Island becomes clear-it opens our eyes to everything perfect. From there everything seems possible; "solid ground beneath your feet/if any doubts arise, the wind dispels them instantly/Into unfathomable life." By the end of the poem we are thrusted, thrown, swarmed, and in contact with this Utopia.