A Severe Mercy Setting & Symbolism

Sheldon Vanauken
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Glenmerle

Glenmerle is Van's childhood home and the setting for the first spring the lovers spend together as man and wife. A number of their poems and the reasons they love the spring so dearly have their beginnings in memories they make at Glenmerle.

The Grey Goose

The two lovers dream of a life at sea with time to stop and stare and step outside of the line of time to be timelessly in love. As an analogy to their everlasting devotion, they name the Grey Goose their symbolic bird, since when one of a pair dies, the other flies on alone, never taking another mate. The Grey Goose, then, is the name they give the sailboat or yacht on which they dream of living out their days. It remains an elusive dream for them, and happily, the part of their dream they never get to realize is...

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