Meditation at Lagunitas
Meditation at Lagunitas
by Robert Hass


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(3) Base Camp

Although the references to Plato and philosophy require a little extra background, the poem isn’t really about dense philosophy. It’s about how dense philosophy fails to capture important parts of human experience. At heart, the poem celebrates a sensual delight in words, love, and nature. Who can argue with that? And, Hass’s visual and conversational style makes things even easier on the reader.

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