This title, "One of the Lives," is quite the dynamo. Reading it before we dig into the poem, we expect to get the scoop on, you know, somebody's life. But, as we read through the poem, the title takes on many different possible meanings. Figuring out which meaning Merwin is going for becomes a kind of a guessing game.
Really, there are a few ways to think about the title's relation to the poem:
We think that convincing arguments can be made for one, or all, of these interpretations. Talk amongst yourselves to see which makes the most sense to you.