Poems about freedom and confinement

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David Whyte Quotes (Author of Consolations)

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Poems with the themes of freedom and confinement, identity or society and class?

And an orator said, "Speak to us of Freedom. Ay, in the grove of the temple and in the shadow of the citadel I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff. And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment. You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief, But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound. And how shall you rise beyond your days and nights unless you break the chains which you at the dawn of your understanding have fastened around your noon hour?

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Excavate and explore the theme of confinement in order to find new freedoms in writing about the self, with our today Digital Poet in Residence, Remi Graves. Used in its modern context, confinement refers to a state of being limited or constricted. This clash of meanings will be the source of this workshop as we explore ways in which the restrictive elements of our lived experiences, our identities and our histories, can also give birth to new forms of creativity and expression. This workshop is for anyone that wants to use poetry to explore the freedoms hidden in the identities they feel confined by. Note: places are given on a first-come first-served basis, but priority may be given to first-time students.

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  1. The speaker tells his beloved to keep his poem like a warm coat. In the same way, the speaker suggests that his poem frees his beloved to face the (chilly) gusts of life. Here, again, the imagery that the speaker uses suggests how he is offering freedom to his beloved through his.

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