The literary meaning of the poem 'The Silken Tent' by Robert Frost lies not in the idea of 'connectedness' but in that of control. The poem was written when the world was concerned by the Nazi atrocities in Europe and when Jewish people had grave concerns about persecution, capture and execution. The tent represents the precious, gentle, fragile beauty of freedom and justice - and we, as global citizens, are all responsible for that. We gently hold on to it and keep it aloft, checking with one another, monitoring the situation for hazards, and tugging gently on our personal cord to raise the alarm and 'control' the tent of freedom when the turbulent winds of evil opposition threaten. The tent
'is loosely bound
By countless silken ties of love and thought
To every thing on earth the compass round,
And only by one's going slightly taut
In the capriciousness of summer air
Is of the slightlest bondage made aware. '
So it relies on every one individual member of the global community to pull their 'silken tie' gently so that, all pulling together, we can fight evil and all threats to democracy and freedom. It is the idea of the 'pull' or ''drag' on the ties that is the defining concept here - interconnectedness is but a secondary theme. The poem concerns the concepts of control, constraint, power, courage, bondage, enslavement, teamwork and opposing forces - a 'tug of war' between good and evil. As we all know, Jewish citizens were enslaved in concentration camps and exterminated. Some people had concerns, but weren't sure and so did nothing. In order for evil to blow our tent of freedom away, it only requires the good to ignore their 'silken tie' - and do nothing.