Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

What’s Up With the Title?

The title is the first line of the poem, and it tells us that this is going to be a poem about a dude who's made an important decision: not to rove. Roving—that's a word that means wandering, roaming, frolicking, something like that. Keeping all these different meanings in mind, we can infer just based on the title that this poem is gonna have something to do with growing up, making a decision to do something more serious, something like that. Keep in mind that we don't know anything about the speaker's reasons or motivations for this momentous, impending decision, a fact that makes us want to learn more. The title, though, boldly announces his new plan of action, or inaction, rather. He's calling it quits, and we dive into the poem to find out why.

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