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Written by arushi Singh
It is interesting that the speaker initially finds solace in stasis, as mentioned in the beginning. The tone of the poem is calm, and so is that of the speaker. The speaker is comforted by this “peace”. Suddenly the situation escalates, and so does the tone of the speaker. Clearly, the tone of the poem is not just a parallel to the poem but often guides this particular poem. The speaker suddenly shifts into a space of fear as they are taken into a landscape of the substanceless blue. If this particular line doesn’t make sense, that is acceptable. It was perhaps not supposed to.
The speaker is shocked at the sudden change in her environment and hence the substanceless. by this they probably mean that none of the things around the speaker seemed to make sense. The speaker is essentially caught off guard and the jumbling of these words represents her confusion due to this situation. It is interesting that this entire has put together a story as a corrected jumble. The description of Ariel is given in bits and pieces which clearly signifies the fragmentation of this experience. The speaker has so far asserted significance even as the powerless character. The fragmented narration also helps characterize this fear and powerlessness of the speaker. But for all the inherent differences that isolate the speaker from the wild beauty of this experience, she finally does become one with Ariel, having slowly coalesced her senses and been able to experience the joy of what is happening.
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