Life on Mars: Poems Quotes

Tracy K. Smith
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Is God being or pure force?
-- The Speaker (The Weather in Space)

Importance: As the first line of the collection this line is significant because it immediately poses to the reader the fundamental question of does the universe have any agency or is it completely indifferent to the fates of the lives that inhabit it? Much of the ensuing collection explores this question, which subsequently leads to even more questions regarding existence and the universe opening up as the book progresses. Additionally, it establishes the thematic concept of humanity and human endeavors as simultaneously important and trivial depending on the context in which they are observed.

Is it still his life he moves through, or does/that end at the end of what he can name?”
-- The Speaker (My God, It's Full of Stars)

Importance: These lines are important because they emphasize the way in which we experience our lives within the context of what we know, and that language plays a vital role in this...

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