Saturday, October 22, 2011

'I Wonder' - Moral Values

I Wonder - Moral Values

1. One needs to be conscious and accept the limitations of human understanding. 

This poem carries a universal truth - the limitations of human understanding and our need to not only become conscious of it but to accept it as well. Despite the leaps and bounds in human advancement, the simple questions posed by a child do not have precise answers as evident in the last stanza, "Why is it now, do you suppose, that Dad won't tell me if he knows?" When we are aware of human limitations, we would not put on a pseudo-intellectual front which the speaker hints is put on by his father who believes that not having answers to the questions is a sign of weakness. Since the speaker's father is unable to swallow his ego, the speaker is then left to work out his queries on his own and thus begins to mull over whether his father actually knows the answers to his questions. Had the speaker's father been more accepting of his limitations, the speaker and his father would be able to communicate very openly. 

2. One needs to appreciate nature and be aware of their surroundings. 

The wonder, inquisitiveness, and childhood innocence of a child is superimposed on nature through the speaker to allow these qualities to manifest in nature. The manifestation of these qualities will allow one to appreciate nature more and increase their awareness of the natural environment around them. 

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