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Thread #162110   Message #3937719
Posted By: GUEST,Nick and Simon
16-Jul-18 - 10:33 AM
Thread Name: Origins: As I Roved Out - last verse
Subject: RE: Origins: As I Roved Out - last verse
On close reading the last verse:

I see the metaphor here as one of force/duty against will.

The queen has dispatched her armies, and in much the same way, some force dispatches this man into marriage with the land owning woman. Whatever this force is, be it famine or pregnancy or tradition or his own error, The Queen is never good in Irish music, so lets call it (and her) a bad force.

Our hero wishes an end to the bad force that orders young men to go somewhere and do something they, presumably, would rather not do. He wishes an end to the force which dispatches him to the land owning woman so that he could return to his true love.

Although the metaphor