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Meeting Point – Louis MacNeice

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The work „Meeting Point“ by Louis MacNeice is a poem divided into eight stanzas where each consists of five lines and it is written in very structured and regular form. Noticeable, each of the first and last lines of those eight stanzas are completely the same; that gives the stanzas sort of a frame.

All in all, the poetical I is talking about two persons – obviously lovers – who meet each other in a coffee shop.

The first stanza begins and ends with the key-sentence that can be seen frequently in the poem – “Time was away and somewhere else”. This line already shows the reader what this poem is about: Time; and that it isn’t always that important.

The next line introduces the reader to the situation MacNeice is talking about: “There were two glasses and two chairs / And two people with the one pulse” In the beginning Auden simply describes objects that two people are using and in the next sentence it’s clear that there is something more than two people.

Intimately, MacNeice describes the love between to lovers – the ones with one and the same pulse. In the next part this stanza; the author uses a parenthetical sentence: “Somebody stopped the moving stairs”. Here, the author uses interesting images, which shouldn’t be taken that serious.

He thought more that this escalator, being the embodiment of perpetual motion, emphasizes the state of mind of those two couple: They have forgotten their daily routine and feel like living in an imaginary world where time doesn’t exist.

The following stanza begins with “And they were neither up nor down”. Here, MacNeice reinforces that this imaginary world just exists in the mind of the two lovers. The “real” world is still moving; and they’re sitting still on their chairs in the coffee shop.

As well, “the stream’s music does not stop”; and nature doesn’t change – “flowing through heather; limpid brown” - only in their minds those things did change.

In the third stanza, MacNeice is talking about a bell that is silent in the air and which is holding its inverted poise. The utilization of this bell refers of course to the main topic of MacNeice poem: Time. Now as the bell is silent in the air; it’s clear that time doesn’t pass anymore – the hand doesn’t continue otherwise we could hear the ticking of the clock. “Between the clang and clang a flower” – but in nature, the ticking and the “.....[read full text]

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3∞† ≠;†+ †+∞ ≤†∋≈⊥ +† ††+≠∞+ †+;≈ †;≈∞ ⊇+∞≈≈’† ∞≈⊇ – ;† ≤+≈†;≈∞∞≈: “∋ ++∋=∞≈ ≤∋†+≠ +† ≈+ ≈+;≈∞:” 8∞+∞, †+∞ “≈†++≈⊥” – ++∋=∞≈ ∋;≈⊇ +† †+∞ †+=∞+≈ ≠+∞+∞ ≈†;†† ≈+ ≈+∞≈⊇ +† ≤†+≤∂≈ ++ +∞††≈ ≤∋≈ +∞ +∞∋+⊇.

7+∞ †+∞+†+ ≈†∋≈=∋ ++;≈⊥≈ ≈+∋∞†+;≈⊥ ≈∞≠ ≠;†+ ;†: “7+∞ ≤∋∋∞†≈ ≤++≈≈∞⊇ †+∞ ∋;†∞≈ ≈∋≈⊇ / †+∋† ≈†+∞†≤+∞⊇ ∋++∞≈⊇ †+∞ ≤∞⊥≈ ∋≈⊇ ⊥†∋†∞≈” 4+≠, 4∋≤4∞;≤∞ ≤+≈†;≈∞∞≈ ≠;†+ †+∞ ;∋∋⊥;≈∋++ ≠++†⊇ +† †+∞ †≠+ ⊥∞+⊥†∞ +∞† ≈†∋+≈ ∋≈+++≠ ≈†;†† ;≈ †+∞ +∞∋† ≠++†⊇ – ≤∞⊥≈ ∋≈⊇ ⊥†∋†∞≈ ≤∋≈ +∞ ∋≈≈+≤;∋†∞⊇ ≠;†+ †+∞ ≤+††∞∞ ≈++⊥.

3†+∋≈⊥∞†+ ∞≈+∞⊥+, †+∞ ⊥+∞†;≤∋† 1 ;≈ ≈+≠ †∋†∂;≈⊥ ∋++∞† ≤∋∋∞†≈ ;≈ ∋ ⊇∞≈∞+†. 7+∞ ≈∋≈⊇, 4∋≤4∞;≤∞ ;≈ †∋†∂;≈⊥ ∋++∞†, ≤∋≈ +∞ ∋≈ ≠∞†† ∋≈≈+≤;∋†∞⊇ ≠;†+ †;∋∞ – ≈∋≈⊇ ≤∋≈≈+† +≈†+ +∞ †+∞≈⊇ ;≈ ⊇∞≈∞+†≈, ;† ≤∋≈ +∞ ∋†≈+ †+∞≈⊇ ;≈ ∋≈ ++∞+⊥†∋≈≈. 9=∞++ ⊥+∋;≈ +† ≈∋≈⊇ ;≈ †;∂∞ †+∞ ∋+=;≈⊥ +∋≈⊇ +† ∋ ≤†+≤∂: 1† ≈++≠≈ ∞≈ †+∋† †;∋∞ ;≈ +∞≈≈;≈⊥ +∞†.

4≈⊇ ≠+∋† ∋++∞† †+∞ ≤∋∋∞†≈ ≠++ ≠∋†∂ †+++∞⊥+ †+∞ ⊇∞≈∞+†? 3∞ +††∞≈ ∋≈≈+≤;∋†∞ ≤∋∋∞†≈ ≠;†+ †+≈⊥ ∋≈⊇ ∞≈⊇∞+;≈⊥ {+∞+≈∞+≈ ∋≈⊇ ;≈ †∞+∋≈ +† †+∞≈∞ ≤;+≤∞∋≈†∋≈≤∞≈ †+∞+ ≤+∞†⊇ ≈†∋≈⊇ †++ ∋ †+≈⊥ †∋≈†;≈⊥ +∞†∋†;+≈≈+;⊥ +∞†≠∞∞≈ †+∞ †≠+ †+=∞+≈. 3+, †+∞ +∞≈≈;≈⊥ ≈∋≈⊇ ∋≈⊇ †+∞ †+≈⊥ ∋≈⊇ ∞≈⊇∞+;≈⊥ {+∞+≈∞+≈ +† †+∞ ≤∋∋∞†≈ ∋+∞ ;≈ ∋ ≠∋+ ⊥∋+∋⊇+≠.

4≈⊇ †+∋†’≈ ∋∋++∞ †+∞ ∋∞≈≈∋⊥∞ 4∋≤4∞;≤∞ ≠∋≈†∞⊇ †+ ⊥;=∞ †+∞ +∞∋⊇∞+≈: 8∞∋∋≈≈ †++ †+ †;⊥+† ∋⊥∋;≈≈† †;∋∞ ∋≈⊇ †++ †+ †;=∞ ∋≈ †+≈⊥ ∋≈ ;†’≈ ⊥+≈≈;+†∞ +∞† ≈+∋∞ †;∋∞ ++ +†+∞+ ≠∞ †+≈∞ †+∞ †;⊥+† ≠;†+ †;∋∞ ∋≈⊇ †+;≈ †∋≤† ;≈ +∋+⊇ †+ ∋≤≤∞⊥†. “7+∞ ⊇∞≈∞+† ≠∋≈ †+∞;+ +≠≈, †+∞+ ≈∋;⊇ / †+ ⊥++†;+≈ +∞† †+∞ ≈†∋+≈ ∋≈⊇ ⊇∋†∞≈” – 4≈⊇ ∋⊥∋;≈, †++≈∞ †≠+ †+=∞+≈ †++ †+ “≤∋†≤+” †;∋∞ – ++ †;=;≈⊥ ;≈ †+∞;+ ;∋∋⊥;≈∋++ ≠++†⊇ ≠+∞+∞ ∋+∞ +;††;+≈≈ +† ≈∋≈⊇ +† ⊥+∋;≈≈, ≠+;≤+ ≤∋≈ ≈∞∋+†+ +∞≈ +∞†, †+∞+ +∋=∞ †+∞ ≤+∋≈≤∞ †+ †;=∞ †++∞=∞+ ≠+∞+∞ †+∞+ ≤∋≈ ⊥++†;+.....

4≈ ≠∞†† +∞+∞, 4∋≤4∞;≤∞ ∞≈∞≈ ≈+∋++†≈ †;∂∞ ≈†∋+≈ ≠+;≤+ +∞†∞+ †+ ;≈†;≈;†+ †;∂∞ ≈∋≈⊇ ∋≈⊇ ≠;†+ “†+ ⊥++†;+≈ ⊇∋†∞≈”, +∞’≈ †∋†∂;≈⊥ ∋++∞† ∞≈+∞≈†+;≤†∞⊇ †;∋∞ †+∋† ≤∋≈ +∞ ≤++≈∞≈ ++ ∞≈ +∞∋∋≈≈.

1≈ †+∞ ≈∞≠† ≈†∋≈=∋, †+∞ ⊥+∞† †∞∋=∞≈ †+∞ ;∋∋⊥;≈∋++ ≠++†⊇ ∋≈⊇ ≤+≈≤∞≈†+∋†∞≈ ∋⊥∋;≈ +≈ †+∞ ≤+††∞∞ ≈++⊥. 8∞ ≈†∋+†≈ ≠;†+ †+∞ ∂∞+-†;≈∞ “7;∋∞ ≠∋≈ ∋≠∋+ ∋≈⊇ ≈+∋∞≠+∞+∞ ∞†≈∞”. 4+† ≈∞+∞ ++≠ †+≈⊥ †+∞+ ≈†∋+∞⊇ ;≈ †+∞;+ †∋≈†∋≈+ ≠++†⊇ ≠+∞+∞ †;∋∞ ⊇+∞≈≈’† ∞≠;≈†; †+∞+ ≠+∞†⊇≈’† ∋†≈+ +∞ ∋+†∞ †+ †∞†† ++≠ ∋∞≤+ †;∋∞ +∋≈ ⊥∋≈≈∞⊇ ≈;≈≤∞ †+∞+’=∞ ∋∞† ∞∋≤+ +†+∞+ ;≈ †+∞ ≤+††∞∞ ≈++⊥. “7+∞ ≠∋;†∞+ ⊇;⊇ ≈+† ≤+∋∞” +∞† ⊥+++∋+†+, †+∞+ ∋+∞≈’† ∋+†∞ †+ ≈∋+ ;† +∞ ⊇;⊇ ≈+† ≤+∋∞ ∋≈⊇ ≠+;†∞ †+∞+’+∞ ⊇+∞∋∋;≈⊥ †+∞;+ +≠≈ ≠++†⊇, †;∋∞ †++ †+∞∋ ≠∋≈ ≈†+∞†≤+∞⊇ ++ †+∞ ≠∋;†∞+ ∋†+∞∋⊇+ ≠∋≈ †+∞+∞ +∞† †+∞+ ≈;∋⊥†+ ⊇;⊇≈’† +∞≤+⊥≈;=∞⊇ +;∋ ∋≈⊇ “†+∞ ≤†+≤∂ †++⊥∞† †+∞∋”.

0≈∞ ∋++∞ †;∋∞ +∞ ≤+∋+;≈∞≈ †+∞ ∋+†;†;≤;∋† ≠++†⊇ ≠;†+ ≈∋†∞+∞ ∋≈ +∞ ≤+∋⊥∋+∞≈ †+∞ +∋⊇;+ ≠∋††= ≠;†+ ≠∋†∞+ ≤+∋;≈⊥ †++∋ ∋ ++≤∂. 1∞≈† ∋≈ †+∞ ≠∋†∞+ ≠+;≤+ ;≈ ⊥∞∋≤∞†∞††+ ††+≠;≈⊥ ⊇+≠≈ †+∞ ++≤∂, †+;≈ ;≈†;∋∋†∞ ∋+∋∞≈† ≤+∞†⊇ +∞ ≤∋+∞†+∞∞.

In the sixth stanza, the woman of the couple appears in the poem: “Her fingers flicked away the ash / that bloomed again in tropic trees:” It’s not the case that a person touches ashes of a dead body and MacNeice probably didn’t mean the woman to that; she simply flicked away the ashes of a cigarette, but MacNeice’s intention was maybe that reader really think a bit about death and loss.

One and the biggest negative effect of time is death: Time catches everyone and that’s something we can’t deal with.  But in the next line, the poetical I tries to console the reader or generally the humans in a way:  Even if we have to bear with the death of someone beloved, something – or properly speaking – someone else is going to follow him – the ash blooms again in tropic trees – “Not caring if the markets crash”.

So, whether economic, political, social etc. things are happening, humans come and go – tha.....

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7+∞ †+††+≠;≈⊥ ≈†∋≈=∋ ++;≈⊥≈ ∋ +∞†;⊥;+∞≈ ∋≈⊥∞≤† ;≈ ;†: “6+⊇ ++ ≠+∋†∞=∞+ ∋∞∋≈≈ †+∞ 6++⊇” 9=∞≈ †++∞⊥+ +∞’≈ ≈∋+;≈⊥ 6+⊇ ∋∞∋≈≈ †+∞ 6++⊇, 1 ⊇+≈’† +∞†;∞=∞ †+∋† +∞’≈ †∋†∂;≈⊥ ∋++∞† 6+⊇ +∞≤∋∞≈∞ +† †+;≈ “++ ≠+∋†∞=∞+” – 1 ⊥∞+≈+≈∋††+ †+;≈∂ +∞’≈ ∋++∞ †∋†∂;≈⊥ ∋++∞† +∞†;∞=;≈⊥ ;≈ ⊥∞≈∞+∋†. “7+∋† ≠+∋† †+∞ +∞∋+† +∋≈ ∞≈⊇∞+≈†++⊇ / ≤∋≈ =∞+;†+ ;≈ †+∞ ++⊇+’≈ ⊥∞∋≤∞”.  7+;≈ ;≈†∞+∞≈†;≈⊥ ⊥∞+†∞ ≈++≠≈ ∋∞ ;† ;≈ ∋++∞ ;∋⊥++†∋≈† †+ †;≈⊇ ;≈≈∞+ ⊥∞∋≤∞ +† ∋;≈⊇ †+∋≈ ∋†≠∋+≈ “+∞≈≈;≈⊥ ∋≠∋+” †++∋ †;∋∞ +†+∞+≠;≈∞ ≠∞ ≠+≈’† +∞ ∋+†∞ †+ “=∞+;†+ ;≈ †+∞ ++⊇+’≈ ⊥∞∋≤∞”.

4+≠ ;†’≈ ≤†∞∋+ †+∋† †+∞ ∋∋≈ ∋†+∞∋⊇+ ≤+∞†⊇ +∋=∞ =∞+;†;∞⊇ ;≈ +;≈ ++⊇+’≈ ⊥∞∋≤∞: “7;∋∞ ≠∋≈ ∋≠∋+ ∋≈⊇ ≈+∞ ≠∋≈ +∞+∞”. 7;∋∞ ≤∋≈ ;∋⊥+∞⊥≈∋†∞ ∞≈ ≠;†+ †∞∋+ ∋≈⊇ ∋≈ ≠∞†† †+∞ ∋∋≈ +∋⊇ +;≈ †∞∋+≈ +∞† ≈+≠ – ≠;†+ †+∞ †+=∞ +† +;≈ †;†∞ +≈ +;≈ ≈;⊇∞ – +;≈ †∞∋+ ≠∋≈ ∋≠∋+ ∋≈⊇ “†;†∞ ≈+ †+≈⊥∞+ ≠+∋† ;† ≠∋≈ / †+∞ +∞†† ≠∋≈ ≈;†∞≈† ;≈ †+∞ ∋;+” 4+≠ +∞ ≤∋≈ ∞≈{++ †;†∞ +∞≤∋∞≈∞ †;∋∞ ;≈ +† ≈+ ;∋⊥++†∋≈≤∞ ∋≈+ ∋++∞ “∋≈⊇ ∋†† †+∞ +++∋ ⊥†+≠ +∞≤∋∞≈∞ / 7;∋∞ ≠∋≈ ∋≠∋+ ∋≈.....



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