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The ball poem


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The ball poem

  1. 1. The Ball Poem Ravikant (JNV Kanker) Email: 1
  2. 2. Before we proceed: oEveryone possess something and lose it. oWhy then we become so upset over losing something? o Isn’t it possible to buy another thing and be happy after losing something? Ravikant (JNV Kanker) Email: 2
  3. 3.  A boy loses a ball. He is very upset. A ball doesn’t cost much, nor it is difficult to buy another ball.  Why then is the boy so upset?  Lets read the poem to see what the poet thinks has been lost, and what the boy has to learn from the experience of losing something. Ravikant (JNV Kanker) Email: 3
  4. 4. The Ball Poem -John Berryman Ravikant (JNV Kanker) Email: 4
  5. 5. About the poet: John Berryman (October 25, 1914 – January 7, 1972) was an American poet and scholar, born in McAlester, Oklahoma. He was a major figure in American poetry in the second half of the 20th century and was considered a key figure in the Confessional school of poetry. His best-known work is ‘The Dream Songs.’ Ravikant (JNV Kanker) Email: 5
  6. 6. What is the boy now, who has lost his ball, What, what is he to do? I saw it go Merrily bouncing, down the street, and then Merrily over — there it is in the water! No use to say ‘O there are other balls’: An ultimate shaking grief fixes the boy As he stands rigid, trembling, staring down All his young days into the harbour where His ball went. I would not intrude on him; A dime, another ball, is worthless. Ravikant (JNV Kanker) Email: 6
  7. 7. He senses first responsibility In a world of possessions. People will take Balls, balls will be lost always, little boy. And no one buys a ball back. Money is external. He is learning, well behind his desperate eyes, The epistemology of loss, how to stand up Knowing what every man must one day know And most know many days, how to stand up. Ravikant (JNV Kanker) Email: 7