Flashcards in One Flesh Deck (5)
Part of the movement.
Wrote lyrical poetry.
Term "one flesh" comes from Genesis when God created Eve from a rib taken from Adam's side.
3 stanzas of 6 lines.
"Lying apart now, each in a separate bed
He with the book, keeping the light on late,
She like a girl dreaming of childhood,"
Detached description of elderly couple in their separate beds, isolated from each other. Suggests they once lay close but married life has changed. "Dreaming of childhood" hints at old age when memories of childhood become more vivid. Light is on suggesting coldness between them; passion associated with darkness.
"All men elsewhere - it is as if they wait
Some new event: the book he holds unread
Her eyes fixed on the shadows overhead"
Caesura at end of line 3 creates a pause reinforcing the idea of waiting. Wait for relationship to rekindle which is unlikely at their age. Book is an excuse to avoid communication. The "shadows" may be a metaphor for unfulfilled dreams or darkness.