Study Guide

Some Trees Isolation

By John Ashbery

Isolation

To meet as far this morning
From the world as agreeing (5-6)

You can be as far as you want from it, but in some aspect you will always be part of it, too. And the simplest aspect we can imagine is the fact that we're all living on the same planet. (Well, most of us, at least.)

[…] that soon
We may touch, love, explain. (11-12)

All that isolation keeps us from each other and ourselves. We're not touching, loving, or explaining right because of it. But soon that may all change. In the meantime we keep on keeping on.

Our days put on such reticence
These accents seem their own defense. (19-20)

If you can't feel comfortable being yourself, the world looks awfully cold and unaccommodating. Unfortunately for many, we resort to trying to fit the great, unknowable world into our own neat little word-boxes, but that's really missing the whole point entirely.

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