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What are the symbolisms used in the peom "Invitation" by W.D. Snodgrass?

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The main use of symbolism is how Snodgrass uses metaphors to describe the person he wants to come live with him.  He compares her to a "resort", a "braintrust", a "best beast", a "distraction", and a "location".  He compares her to all of these things; if you consider each one, they all say something unique and profound about what she means to him.  She is a resort-she provides a wonderful, relaxing escape for him; she is a vacation destination he greatly looks forward to visiting.  She is a...

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First off, you need to know that the poem echoes Christopher Marlowe's "Come live with me and be my love."

The phrase, 'prove the day like Proust," refers to something in Proust's Remembrance of Things Past: the events of the day that has just passed don't become real or meaningful until you relate them to the person you love.  You "prove" them by talking about them.

The first answerer was incorrect about Freud. The refererence is not to Dr. Freud.  "Mit freud und lust" is a German expression meaning something like "with gladness and desire."  "Lust" in the English sense of the word is one of several meanings.

"pillow's picture show" = dreams.

If you Google you may find a link that allows you to hear Snodgrass read this poem.  It was the last poem he read at his last poetry reading in October, 2008, at the Syracuse Y's art gallery.

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