Monday, December 17, 2012

"Those Who Do Not Dance" Analysis (4)

Expression through artistic ability is to be desired for.  For those who do not have a forte in the arts, or disabled in their ability to perform the art, they must perform in another way.
Gabriela Mistral, in her poem "Those Who Do Not Dance",  gives a different perspective into the ways one can express themselves artistically.  If you cannot physically dance, let your heart dance. If you cannot physically sing, let your heart sing.  Go to others and share yourself and your talents.  
Looking at this poem from a different perspective, I also found it to be a bold statement to society's take on expression and living life to the fullest.  "Just be you"; "YOLO"; "Live While We're Young"... all terms that are commonly spoken. Now, Gabriela Mistral was not a writer in this era, but as a teenager in the present day, it is easy to relate. Just be yourself, be free, do as you wish.  Mistral says in her last two lines, "And the heart of him who joins us not/ Is turned to dust, to dust."  In my opinion, this line is the boldest and most significant line in the poem, because one must live their life how they want and do what they want to do.

Mistral's poem is listed below:

Those Who Do Not Dance
A crippled child
Said, “How shall I dance?”
Let your heart dance
We said.

Then the invalid said:
“How shall I sing?”
Let your heart sing
We said

Then spoke the poor dead thistle,
But I, how shall I dance?”
Let your heart fly to the wind
We said.

Then God spoke from above
“How shall I descend from the blue?”
Come dance for us here in the light
We said.

All the valley is dancing
Together under the sun,
And the heart of him who joins us not
Is turned to dust, to dust. 

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