The speaker of the poem declares that unlike other misguided souls who choose a disciplined life, he prefers to be a rowdy rebel. The unfortunate choice of comparing himself and others to plants demonstrates the poet’s lack of skill in poetry composition. The poem consists of five uneven verse paragraphs, which regarding the subject matter makes a perverse kind of sense. That it is pretending to be a poem at all then balances the sense in the negative. First Verse Paragraph
The speaker begins by setting up a dichotomy between himself and others. He never identifies the others, so the reader assumes that they are any other people whose philosophy disagrees with the speaker’s. The self-aggrandizing speaker declares, “Let them be as flowers, / always watered, fed, guarded, admired, / but harnessed to a pot of dirt.” The mixed metaphor within the simile exposes the poet as a poetaster. The speaker compares other people to flowers that grow in a pot of dirt by employing the simile “Let them be as flowers.” He then suggests that “as flowers” they receive care, but they lack freedom because they grow in “a pot of dirt.” Trying to wax poetic, the poet mixes a metaphor with the term “harness.” Suddenly, the flower morphs into a horse. Second Verse Paragraph
In the second verse paragraph, the speaker reveals his preference; instead of being a well-kept flower stuck in pot of dirt, he’d rather be a “tall, ugly weed, / clinging on cliffs, like an eagle / wind-wavering above high, jagged rocks.” The problem with the logic here is that the ugly weed in also “harnessed” to the dirt. The speaker thinks that the ugly weed would be “like an eagle,” but clearly, this is impossible. The eagle perching on the “jagged rocks” will eventually fly away, but the ugly weed will remain in place, just as the lovely, well-cared for flowers will remain in place. Third Verse Paragraph
The speaker then describes what he wishes for himself as an ugly weed; he be able to break “through the...
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