"And slight, withal, may be the things that bring Back on the heart the weight which it would fling Aside
forever; it may be a sound, A flower, the wind, the ocean, which shall wound,-- Striking the electric chain wherewith we're darkly bound."
The truth seems to be, however, that when he casts his leaves forth upon the wind, the author addresses, not the many who will fling aside
his volume, or never take it up, but the few who will understand him better than most of his schoolmates or lifemates.
Instead, I settle into my cosy tipi-style tent - so toasty that at some point, I have to fling aside
my blankets in a sweat.
They are also right to chastise those Marxists who view popular traditions as so much baggage that radicals should fling aside
in their zeal to create a "new' man and woman.
In a sense he was like the diver in the opening lyric of the Collected Poems: a man who needed to keep control as he moved down into the oceanic depths, who longed to fling aside
his mask and be done forever with the "vain complexity' of the self but continually managed to pull himeself away from the silenced wreck and re-commence "the measured rise.' There is a muted but powerful longing for transcendence in Hayden's work, and the diver is close kin to the figure of the old man with bloodstained wings in "For a Young Artist,' who begins sprawled out in a pigsty but ends by somehow managing to fly again, "the angle of ascent/achieved.' Both the diver and the old man are figures of the triumphant artist.