Monday, June 25, 2007

Lines for Summer

Cindy Mercer Photography

The people along the sand
All turn and look one way.
They turn their back on the land.
They look at the sea all day.

As long as it takes to pass
A ship keeps raising its hull;
The wetter ground like glass
Reflects a standing gull.

The land may vary more;
But wherever the truth may be--
The water comes ashore,
And the people look at the sea.

They cannot look out far.
They cannot look in deep.
But when was that ever a bar
To any watch they keep?

Robert Frost

For the heart of this people has become dull,
And with their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have closed their eyes
Lest they should see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart and return,
And I should heal them.

"But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. "

Matthew 13:15-16


Anonymous said...

What is the title of the Robert Frost poem?

Bradford Mercer said...

The title is,"Neither Out Far nor In Deep." It was first published in The Yale Review in 1934 and later, with a few punctuation changes, in "A Further Range" in 1936. In this poem, Frost offers trenchant imagery for the modern search for, and loss of, meaning.

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