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Thread #66116   Message #1095918
Posted By: Joe Offer
18-Jan-04 - 09:33 PM
Thread Name: origins: The Dutchman (Michael Smith): meanings?
Subject: RE: The Dutchman (M. Smith): meanings?
I guess I wouldn't say that Hans Brinker is a source for "The Dutchman"; or that Spoon River Anthology is a source for the song "Spoon River." I think I'd call them "literary references, but not sources.

The "Spooniad" appears to be an attempt by Masters to tie together all the poems of the Anthology, and I hate it. The song does a lot better job of tying the spirit of the poems together. I love the poems, but I really do hate the "Spooniad."

I can't say I see any hidden meanings in "Dutchman," but I guess it is open to many interpretations, speaking to many visions of reality. It seems the guy is demented for some reason, and lives in his real or imagined past in Holland. Margaret has been with him many years, and keeps herself going by seeing glimpses of their loving past, when she dreamed of bearing his children.

Poetry is sometimes best left unexplained, because explanation limits imagination.

-Joe Offer-