by Amy Lowell
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A. "When I go away from you/ The world beats dead/ Like a slackened drum."
i. Here, the author is comparing the way the world without her lover sounds to that of a flat, broken, or "slackened" drum. ii. This means that when she leaves her lover, the world seems out of tune or "beats" irregularly. II Metaphor
A. "Why should I leave you,/ To wound myself upon the sharp edges of the night?"
i. Here, Amy Lowell is comparing the night that she is without her lover to an object with sharp edges like a knife or axe or sword.
ii. This means that when she leaves her lover, it is like cutting herself upon something sharp; like slitting her wrist. Both actions cause her pain.
A. "...And the lamps of the city prick my eyes/ So that I can no longer see your face."
i. In these lines, the author is exaggerating how bright the lights of the city are.
ii. This means that it is so bright from all of the external lights, perhaps from buildings, billboards, etc. of the city, that when she looks back at her lover, she can no longer see him.
IV Meaning of the Poem
A. I believe the poem is trying to capture how Amy Lowell feels when she is away from her love. She would rather be with her lover all the time, because without him, she feels only pain and angst. Her idea of love is a very passionate and romatic notion. She only wants to be consumed in her love's presence; otherwise, the world seems dull and dreary and dangerous.