Saturday, October 10, 2009

To A Snail

As we discussed “To A Snail” in class yesterday, I really wanted to know what Moore is trying to say in it. I just cannot seem to put my finger on the meaning behind the poem. She says that “compression is the first grace of style” and that “contractility is a virtue as modesty is a virtue”. What does she mean by that? When I think of “compression” and “contractility”, I think of the ability to be short and concise while still getting the point across. Is this what she is referring to? When she says contractility, she could also be referring to something that can both expand and shrink because a snail expands and contracts to move.
Next, Moore says that “it is not the acquisition of any one thing that is able to adorn, or the incidental quality that occurs as a concomitant of something well said, that we value in style, but the principle that is hid.” What is so important about the principle that is hid? Is she referring to reading between the lines and finding the meaning behind the words? I thought it was weird that she says “the acquisition of any one thing” is not what we value in style.
I really do not understand that last part of the poem. She says “in the absence of feet, “a method of conclusions”; “a knowledge of principles,” in the curious phenomenon of your occipital horn.” What “method of conclusions” and “knowledge of principles” is she talking about? In our groups in class, my group also discussed what she meant by occipital horn. I think we came to an agreement that it was the snail’s shell, but it didn’t really make sense that a snail would contain “a method of conclusions” in its shell.
Let me know what you think the poem means! =]

No comments:

Post a Comment

Wider Two Column Modification courtesy of The Blogger Guide