Question Do Vladimir Holan Through The Poem 'meeting In A Lift' And Jaan Kaplinski Through The Poem 'a Last Cloud' Interpret Loss In The Same Way ?

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Two personal experiences on loss are expressed, quite diversely, through the two poems. Vladimir Holan's "Meeting in a lift" is a poem interpreting a small and short life against great and immortal human desires, whereas Jaan Kaplinski's "A Last Cloud" decodes loss as a part of nature's renewal system. Both poems deal with loss, perhaps the theme evoked by the poets' cultural backgrounds; Holan is Czech and Kaplinski is Estonian- both countries have experienced the loss or invasion of their country.A first reader of the poem will probably notice the outer layers of the poem, and observe that Holan's observation of loss relative of the human behaviour, which contrasts to Kaplinski, whose portrayal of loss is mediated through nature.Holan describes a chance meeting of a man and woman in a lift, a situation dreaded by many. The setting itself creates a restless mood, an awkward situation and a feeling of uneasiness. The poem starts with;We stepped into the lift.The first part of the line is almost neutral and suggests a chance to experience or find something new. He then continues...The two of us, alone.The word in bold is the first negative hint of the poem. Alone suggests negativity because it is often translated as an absence of companionship. The poet did not have to take the fact that being alone means being lonely. He had a choice to make the best of this chance meeting wherever he wished, where anything can happen between them. Holan then expresses his feelings...Two lives, a moment, fullness, bliss.A positive mood is created and the poem is full of hope. A moment, fullness and bliss are words which the poet chose to suggest a sky-high point of happiness, or an extremely positive feeling a human feels which is often hard to explain. Following this, the next line abruptly ends the hope, like dropping an apple before you've even grabbed it from the tree:At the fifth floor she got out and I went on upKnowing I would never see her again,...Here the poet changes his use of punctuation. In the first part of the poem where things were neutral/positive he used very short sentences. This suggests both sudden happenings and a confidence to take risks and chances. From the start of the fourth line until the end is one sentence, using only a few commas. This suggests wariness and the poet's descriptive writing shows the man's agitation, his love is slipping away from him.The man and the woman go their separate ways and again he had a chance to follow her but he has a negative atittude towards this. He mentioned that if he followed her he would be like...a dead man in her tracksand that if she came after meit would only be from the other world.So, in the end, the man is alone and he described his state simply as being dead. It was as if he surrendered to the mechanism of the lift; he let it take her away from him. Here the poet is trying to portray the reverse relationship between human's desires and the forces around him, that sometimes drag a person...

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