Aug 17, 2015 · Poem of the week: Casualty by Miroslav Holub A laconic address both to what was then a totalitarian state, and to the perennial ‘stupid’ violence of humanity, this is as trenchant as ever.
Jul 07, 2010 · Annell, the door is a metaphore for many things and in this poem it's about the opening and closing of the different stages in our lives. It's a good poem but it certainly makes me feel uneasy. Marie, sharing my finds is just as much fun for me as it is for you to discover new artists on my blog.
Mirsoslav Holub’s poem ‘The Door’ deals with the theme of change. The poem suggests that individuals should shift beyond their comfort zones and open themselves to the possibility of change. The door symbolises new opportunities and emphasises that individuals need to take action to expand their horizons. Miroslav Holub would like people to 'read poems as naturally as they read the papers, or go to a football match. Not to consider it as anything more difficult, or effeminate, or praiseworthy.' Holub, an internationally distinguished scientist, is Czechoslovakia's most lively and experimental poet.
For himself as a child, the door of religion, of prayers and holy-sounding words, seemed to work, until one day that door would not open, leading to the first painful bewilderment.