Entirely By Louis Macneice

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‘Entirely’ is a poem that talks about how we can never entirely understand life and we can never be entirely sure of what it has in store for us. The theme is the struggle in life and each stanza talks about a different aspect of life and how it is unpredictable. The first stanza talks about how it is hard to get the hang of ‘it’ entirely and that ‘it would take too long’. ‘It’ refers to life. The speaker is saying that we can never understand life itself. I think that the first stanza talks about life in general and maybe religion. ‘And when we try to eavesdrop on the great Presences it is rarely… even a phrase entirely,’ the speaker mentions great Presences which suggests that in life there is something or someone of higher power. However, we only ‘eavesdrop’ on this topic and if we look at the big picture, it doesn’t make sense hence it is not ‘even a phrase entirely’. Also, when we eavesdrop on something, we don’t hear the whole conversation sometimes and when we retell what we hear, and as it gets passed from person to person, the story becomes different. Perhaps the speaker is saying the same thing here about religion. There are different versions of it but it all refers to a greater being. The second stanza talks about love. The speaker says ‘ we should not fear the spears of the spring nor the city’s yammering fire alarms.’ This means that we should not be afraid of getting hurt when we love because it is inevitable ‘but, as it is, the spears each year go through our flesh.’ In the third stanza, the speaker tells us that in life, there is no right or wrong path. ‘A prism of delight and pain,’ speaker suggests that life is like a prism of hurts and happiness. Also, if there is a clear right or wrong, ‘if

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