Poem by Sara Teasdale
Out of the noise of tired people working,
Harried with thoughts of war and lists of dead,
His beauty met me like a fresh wind blowing,
Cleaning boyish beauty and high-held head.
Eyes that told secrets, lips that would not tell them,
Fearless and shy the young unwearied eyes -
Men die by millions now, because God blunders,
Yet to have made this boy he must be wise.
1) What do the words/expressions "harried with", "high-held", "by millions" and "blunder" mean in the poem above?
- The following question is not concerned with the poem above; however, it is of similar importance:
2) Which of these words are considered to be more formal (to be used in a poem): "rapidly", "promptly", "quickly" or "fast"?