The Meaning of the Greats

This week I decided to read through some poetry and found a poem by Vera Pavlova titled, “To converse with the greats.” At first I was completely confused at what this poem could mean, but I believe the beauty in it is how although you may not be able to find the meaning, you can still tell that it is deep and may mean something different to each person reading. For me, I especially was captured by the ending line, “in the solitary confinement of the universe.” This poem is about how we can connect with the greats, but then it ends with how we are all alone. Pavlova mentions a clock and the midnight hour which most likely is referring to death. This spoke to me because I feel that even though we may all be together here and now, we don’t truly know what happens once we die and she says that we will be alone in the universe. Regardless of what happens to us, all that will be left is our legacy, our works, experiences we’ve shared, and people who remember us. Over time, even some of those may be gone. This really ties in with what I feel was her idea for the poem, that to understand the great writers, artists, musicians, etc, we need to understand what made them who they were. We need to feel their experiences for ourselves since they are gone and can’t share them with us. This poem is very deep and although this may not be what it means to others, it is how I interpret it, which just goes to show that in order to converse with the greats, we need to understand them, otherwise we could find something completely different in what they share with us before they go.

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