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Blessing the Boats - From next (1988), "the death of fred clifton" Summary & Analysis

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From next (1988), "the death of fred clifton" Summary

The subtitle of this poem indicates the date of the poet's husband's death and his age. However, the poem speaks from the point of view of the deceased in the moment of his dying. It tenderly enters into the mind and spirit of Fred Clifton, the poet's husband, as he dies.

He describes it as being drawn into the center of himself, even though his "edges" remain in the hands of his wife. Now he sees everything with wonderful clearness. He can see beyond physical seeing. The death process spins him out of his skin, and now he can see everything; not just the "shapes of things," but the real things themselves, with spiritual sight.

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