‘The Orange Tree’ and the Limitations of Poetry
Hanna stresses the importance of the “child-vision” in Neilson’s poetry and its connection to Neilson’s idea of Love. Hanna argues that the two children in “The Orange Tree” represent the limitless unknowable area of Neilson’s imagination which is ultimately linked to the divine entity the poet spent his life trying to find and understand. Neilson’s poet-figure is able to understand but, despite this “totality of experience”, he finds this understanding impossible to express.
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