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Blessing the Boats - From the book of light (1993), "crabbing (the poet crab speaks)" Summary & Analysis

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From the book of light (1993), "crabbing (the poet crab speaks)" Summary

This is a short and spare poem, speaking from the point of view of a crab who is a poet. This crab sees the fishermen crabbers capturing his relatives in crab pots, smiling as they do so. The metaphor of the crab as being sweet and sacred relates to the poet's nature of sweetness and sacredness. The last three lines point out that just as the crab cannot know how sweet its meat is, nor the meat of others, the poet doesn't really know how sweet and sacred his/her work is.

From the book of light (1993), "crabbing (the poet crab speaks)" Analysis

This is one of Clifton's more obscure poems, exploring the nature of writing poetry. The crab in the...

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