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September 10, 2008


Why is the Hudson lordly? I understand he doesn't want to bring up these memories of his suffrage, but I can't grasp why he is considering the Hudson to be lordly if he has such bad memories of this place?

Thank you, Hannah, for raising this point. If you have ever looked at the Hudson from Manhattan -- from the base of the GW Bridge, say, or from downtown -- it looks "lordly", and all the more majestic because of the ships you would be seeing if you were Paul writing this poem. Perhaps the poem's crux rests in the contrast between "lordly" and "hardly flowing."

I think you need to look up the definition of the word suffrage. It doesn’t mean suffering.

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