"Afternoon" as written by and Carla Bruni....

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    My InterpretationCarla Bruni is singing a very famous poem by Dorothy Parker

    In verse one, the poet says that when she is old and has all the comforts she requires, she will have finished with her present amorous desires and instead of lovers in her bed, she will just have calm memories This matches the quiet of her daytime life, when peace is her only company, replacing her previous, hectic social life

    This second verse is a portrayal of her dignity and orderly life in old age –Her hair severely pulled back in bands, a well-laundered nightcap on her head. There is no sign of agitation as her hands, frail with the advancing years, lie at rest upon her lap.

    In the third verse, her neat lifestyle is reflected as well in her dress with its rustic pattern and its high lace collar. Her curtains are drawn to shut out the hurly burly of the town outside and she hums a tune of contentment.

    In the fourth verse, she claims that she will forget the distressing episodes in her past as she rocks gently in her rocking chair and stirs her tea.

    This has been a reassuring picture of blissful old age but the last two lines come as a jolt. The title of the poem is “afternoon” not “evening”, because it is a poet in her thirties contemplating her final years. In a typical, discordant note of reality, Dorothy Parker expresses dismay that this final state of serenity, that is her old age is approaching too rapidly
    davide4con April 14, 2015   Link

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