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The world in ancient times seemed like a whole other universe with no living things

in some otherworld
Primeval-dumb, far back


Hummingbirds were ahead of evolution. They had the world to themselves and were free to do as they pleased. Lawrence seems to yearn for that loneliness and solitude (Delight of being alone) and admire them

Humming-birds raced down the avenues.


Life in its most basic, simplistic form. When life was not complicated as it is now.

Before anything had a soul


The hummingbirds are seen as precious and he praises them. Considered glorious

This little bit chipped off in brilliance


Sibilance & onomatopoeia. It could be seen zooming around eating what it pleased because it had the world to itself. Use of 3 & contrast of speed of the bird against the world surrounding it

And went whizzing through the slow, vast, succulent stems


Lawrence's imagination. There was nothing else as spectacular or pretty as the hummingbird.

I believe there were no flowers then


Hummingbirds were totally ahead of their times. Nothing could catch up to it in its full glory

the humming-bird flashed ahead of creation


He imagines what it was like at the time. He thinks it was gigantic just like dinosaurs once were. Seems to be in utter astonishment and admires it. Alliteration

Probably he was big
As mosses, and little lizards, they say, were once big


Lawrence things it was something to be feared in this other world. It need to be big to survive and it had nothing to fear

Probably he was a jabbing, terrifying monster.


Personification of Time. Looking through a telescope the wrong way makes the hummingbird smaller as it is now. We are not admiring it for what it possibly once was, just taking it for granted with the limited perspective that it was always this way and humans were always the best creation

We look at him through the wrong end of the long telescope of Time


Ominous end. We are lucky that the hummingbird has evolved to this smaller bird because otherwise it would be a thing of our nightmares. We have escaped/evaded the monsters

Luckily for us.