The Silken Tent

It took me awhile to grasp what the poem “The Silken Tent” might be talking about. From our discussions in class and my own personal interpretation, I have determined that it is possible talking about the stress of thinking you have helped someone out of their misery yet he/she always find a way to return to it. This woman in the poem has several sides to her. She can be sweet and loving but somehow always connected to a state of unhappiness and distress. “And only by one’s going slightly taut“–In other words, the simplest reminder is a trigger to this previous state. “In the capriciousness of summer air, Is the slightest bondage made aware” Her repulsive manner reminds her that this unmanageably sullen side of her will always be present.

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4 Responses to The Silken Tent

  1. Prof. Gold says:

    Good, Ashley. I think that your mention of the word “trigger” here is compelling. Very nice reading of that line.

  2. Amanda says:

    This has opened my eyes to a different perspective because I was not thinking of the poem so deep.

  3. nicamarie says:

    I love how every time I read someone’s take on the poem, it makes me look at it in a different way.

  4. Joju Qu says:

    I feel rather compelled to look at this tent as something closer to a representation of a relationship, & symbol of shelter or structured system, rather than one or two individuals themselves. In short, the ropes are the love & care; loosely bonding the body of the tent to ground, with only one out of many ropes going loosely taut when the unpredictable winds come around.

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