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In The Naked Bed, In Plato's Cave

Delmore Schwartz

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2002-07-30
Added by: Charles Behlen
"In the Naked Bed..." is a good place to begin if you want to prove Eliot was right when he said that poetry may be enjoyed before it is fully understood. When I was fifteen I didn't know Plato's Cave FROM the proverbial "hole in the wall." However, Schwartz's poem had the marvelous ability to trigger in me a state of quiet receptivity which, up until that time, I had only experieced during Saturday morning excursions to the "desert places" of my youth: Mr. Connor's vacant house and the abandoned school house nextdoor. Schwartz's poem became a 'place' I could enter and explore again and again to be alive in a certain way, to feel a certain way. Only later would I begin to understand why I was so fasinated by those walls and their sliding shadows.

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