Sunday, November 6, 2011
I'm having a hard time interpreting this poem but the imagery and language is obvious. The speaker is describing the peaches of summer and the joy they bring him in their entirety- "not only the skin, but the shade, not only the sugar, but the days," etc. The speaker sees the peaches in their entirety and everything they represent. The hard work of the pickers, the blossom in the very beginning, even the days and times that the fruit represents. I think the summer days that the peaches represent are important because they represent a fleeting time of youth and summer free of complications such as death but instead overflowing with joy. Perhaps the peaches represent this very idea of summer and a carefree, innocent time of childhood that the speaker longs could be back in his life again? But perhaps he knows they will never be a part of him again-"sweet, impossible blossom."