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In "The Secret," why does Denise Levertov say that it does not matter if the secret is...

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mgoun | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 3, 2012 at 5:53 PM via web

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In "The Secret," why does Denise Levertov say that it does not matter if the secret is forgotten?

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jmj616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted July 3, 2012 at 8:59 PM (Answer #1)

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In "The Secret," by Denise Levertov, the narrator tells about two girls who "discover the secret of life in a sudden line of poetry."  Although the narrator (presumably Levertov herself) is the author of the lines that the girls discover, she does not know the secret.  The girls themselves have already forgotten "the secret, the line, the name of the poem."

The narrator still loves the girls and does not care that the girls have forgotten "the secret of life."  What is more important is their "wanting to know," and their "assuming there is such a secret."

The poet is saying that the search for meaning in life is more important than the actual finding of the meaning.  The meaning itself can change from time to time as a person grows and changes situations.  What matters is that the person is thoughtful and questioning. 

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