Wild Geese Summary & Study Guide

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Line 1

The first line of "Wild Geese" is one that many readers recall long after putting the poem aside. The use of the second person "you" may seem generic at first, but later in the poem, the reader understands that he or she is the one directly addressed. This line is ambiguous in meaning because one is not sure if the speaker is saying that "You do not have to be good" in the moral sense of good versus evil, or whether one does not have to be good at doing something. The first meaning is probably the one most people believe is intended, and the next two lines of the poem appear to verify it.

Lines 4-5

Lines 4 and 5 contain the first comparison of the human being to the natural world. The speaker claims that "your body" has a "soft animal" within it, and that you need...

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