The Question and Answer section for A Musical Instrument is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
By the poem’s conclusion, Pan has created a musical instrument with which he can make beautiful music. However, he first disturbs and destroys nature to do so. One may read the poem as a description of the artistic process, just as a poet or an...
“Spreading ruin and scattering ban”
“Then drew the pith, like the heart of a man”
“The reeds by the river”
“Golden lilies afloat”
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The "poor, dry empty thing" is a flute, fashioned by Pan from a reed near the river.