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The Beautiful by Jacob Sam-La Rose - Poem Review

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Published June 19th 2014
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The Beautiful paints an imagery of being in the presence of something that is ideally good and blessed; not manufactured or artificial but omniscient in its own right and indeed beautiful.

Certain pretence is offered within the prose, one that suggests the concept of nature, and the latter cultivation and manipulation of it by man. Impedance has taken place but to no avail; an attempt to will the power of something which is 'unafraid to brandish its teeth', is where I believe the title of this poem originates from.

By using the word 'they' in the first line consequently makes the poem less personal and enforces an obscurity for the reader to begin to relate. But by employing the word 'our' half way through creates two segments in the prose; one section represented as 'tamed' and another as 'wild'.

Furthermore the line composition begins to scatter once the second segment is reached; the two line stanza, seen in the beginning three verses, is followed by a more distorted layout and is apparently shown with the lines:

'Our light is harder-
wild, unruly,
unafraid to brandish its teeth.'

This shows cause and effect, the connotations of wild; the opposite of tame; to be uncontrolled is certainly evident within this stanza. Subsequently the last line of the poem reads 'there are things we cannot hide'; this then points to the change in the line break during the fourth stanza and also reveals the reason why. The light 'Paints everything as it is' and under its gaze lays bare those things once hidden, this is what is beautiful.

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