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I did not really understand the poem, Moon Rondeau. Here is the lyrics:

"Love is a door we shall open together."
So they told each other under the moon
One evening when the smell of leaf mould
And the beginnings of roses and potatoes
Came on a wind.

Late in the hours of that evening
They looked long at the moon and called it
A silver button, a copper coin, a bronze wafer,
A plaque of gold, a vanished diadem,
A brass hat dripping from deep waters.

"People like us,
us two,
We own the moon."


I am confused by the poem. I am supposed to analyze the poem, but first I need to understand the poem...

What does "Love is a door we shall open together." mean to the poem?
What does the word, "they", in "So they told each other under the moon" refer to?
A couple?
Why did the poet say " We own the moon.", What does that mean?
What messages did the poet want to give readers?

Can you explain the poem to me?

Any help will be appreciated.

  • English -

    What time of year do you find leaf mold and roses and potatoes, all at the same time? Are these people young or older?

    What happens when you "open a door"? That is often used to indicate a new experience, a new world, a new freedom.

    These people were talking together on an evening when the moon was out. What significance would the moon have to them in future years?

  • English -

    "Love is a door we shall open together."
    Two people who are falling love with each other at the same time will go through the entire experience together.
    So they told each other under the moon
    "they" = "we" in the first line
    One evening when the smell of leaf mould
    And the beginnings of roses and potatoes
    Came on a wind.

    Late in the hours of that evening
    They looked long at the moon and called it
    A silver button, a copper coin, a bronze wafer,
    A plaque of gold, a vanished diadem,
    A brass hat dripping from deep waters.

    "People like us,
    us two,
    We own the moon."
    Do any human beings literally own the moon? Or are the two new lovers continuing their imaginary thoughts begun in the second stanza?

  • English -

    What time of year do you find leaf mold and roses and potatoes, all at the same time? Are these people young or older?
    leaf mold--winter?
    roses and potatoes--spring?
    no?
    older?
    What significance would the moon have to them in future years?
    No ideas
    (I don't really know)


    Do any human beings literally own the moon?
    Is there a chinese thing that someone called Chang'e relate to the moon?

    Thank you!

  • English -

    Are the any figurative language or sound devices used here?

    Is "Love is a door we shall open together." an example of metaphor?
    Imagery-smell:leaf mould, roses and potatoes?

    Thank you!

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