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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 27, Dayna Smith rated it liked it Shelves: poetry. A short, but entertaining, book of fairy tales written in a poetry format for grown-ups. Nadiia Holovko rated it it was amazing Jun 30, Myra Ruiz r marked it as to-read Mar 08, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Jane Hayman. Jane Hayman. Books by Jane Hayman. I have been a frog now For a hundred years And in this time I have not shed many tears. To be happy To work up contentment To make much of being a frog To fear disenchantment.
Says, it will be heavenly To be set free Cries, heavenly, the girl who disenchants And the royal time, heavenly And I think it will be. Heavenly in Stevie Smith's time had two rather contradictory meanings: the biblical heaven for the virtuous of course, but ' heavenly' was also slang used by the frivolous 'bright young things' who partied endlessly in the 's and 30's.
Heavenly or divine could be roughly translated as 'cool'. Heavenly and happy are carefully separated, confusing us if we expect heaven to be enchanting and think it is heavenly to be happy. Smith made several observations on this poem on different occasions:. We must remember, as Chaucer says, "here is no home"'. Socrates noted more than two thousand years ago that poets are often no better at knowing what their poems are about than anyone else. However, if we want to believe Stevie Smith, this is a poem about preparing for death and, hopefully, heaven. In religious terms this feeling is sanctioned by the idea that our home is in heaven, as Chaucer suggests, and that it is not good to be too comfortable here on earth, or too satisfied with ourselves as we are.
However, even when people jettison the idea of heaven as described in the Bible, this does not seem to get rid of a feeling of angst and a feeling of not quite belonging to the world. Did Smith believe that the virtuous go to in heaven after death? She certainly was vehement against the idea of eternal damnation and also seems cool about heaven. In her early poem, From the Coptic the angels, rather than God, try to raise man from the clay, but he refuses to rise up and become man until he is promised death.
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