Leslie Ann Minot: On "The Road"
We can also gain some insight into Rukeyser's sense of how an image or object "carries" a meaning by looking at the concluding passage of "The Road," where she writes:
Here is your road, tying
you to its meanings: gorge, boulder, precipice.
Telescoped down, the hard and stone-green river
cutting fast and direct into the town. (OS 11)
Again, the road is offered to the reader as something that belongs to her or him. The road is possessed by the reader, but it also possesses the reader, compels her or him, "ties" her or him to its "meanings." These meanings are not abstract, philosophical statements, ideas, or values—they are listed simply as "gorge, boulder, precipice." As symbols, they may be inscrutable. but you ignore them on a real road only at your peril. They make demands on you by their actuality.
|Title||Leslie Ann Minot: On "The Road"||Type of Content||Criticism|
|Criticism Author||Anne F. Herzog, Janet E. Kaufman||Criticism Target||Muriel Rukeyser|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||22 May 2020|
|Publication Status||Excerpted Criticism||Publication||""How Shall We Tell Each Other of the Poet?": The Life and Writing of Muriel Rukeyser"|
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