Saturday, September 12, 2009

In the Days of Prismatic Color

So back at home in Fairfield this weekend for a dental appointment, and I brought back my copy of Marianne Moore's Complete Poems. After reading In the Days of Prismatic Color, I have a few things to say. I found two specific passages from the poem particularly interesting.

The first of the passages isn't so much as a direct quote, but something that I thought of while reading the poem. Moore says in the poem that "Complexity is not a crime, but carry it to the point of murkiness and nothing is plain."Relating it back to the beginning of the poem, when she says that "obliqueness was a variation of the perpendicular," I thought that she was hinting a the fact that life has become more complex, more structured and labeled, more organized than the past. I can completely relate to that. Many times, I have thought that life would be much simpler if we didn't have all of the distractions that we do today. I mean, in the past, a person's life might just have been to farm for someone else, but today, each person, or at least each city person, must juggle a whole basketful of tasks to go about their daily life. I don't mean to say that life in the past was easier or better, just that there wasn't as many categorizations thrown about.

The other passage that I found interesting was when Moore referred to sophistication as being "at the antipodes from the initial great truths." After milling about confused at to what "antipodes" meant for a good 5 minutes, then looking it up, I still wonder, what are these "initial great truths" that Moore talks about? And how is sophistication directly opposite to that? I would like to think that "great truths" refer to the basic human instinct, and that sophistication is bringing society away from that. But I guess that's just me.

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