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The Cool Web Children are dumb to say how hot the day is How hot the scent is of the summer rose How dreadful the black wastes of the evening sky How dreadful the tall soldiers drumming by But we have speech to chill the angry day And speech to dull the roses cruel scent We spell away the overhanging night We spell away the soldiers and the fright Theres a cool web of language winds us in Retreat from too much joy or too much fear We grow sea-green at last and coldly die In brininess and volubility But if we let our tongues lose self-possession Throwing off language and its watery clasp Before our death instead of when death comes Facing the wide glare of the childrens day Facing the rose the dark sky and the drums We shall go mad no doubt and die that way QUESTIONS Why is the title of the poem The cool web Give a reason for your answer The poem discusses an adults predisposition to use linguistic dexterity to avoid the consequences of extreme emotion The title combines two words cool and web each of which evokes a strong impression to create a third even more evocative image There are many English expressions which use the word cool to convey repressing emotion This usage is similar to using calm cool down dont lose your cool go and cool off cool it and so on Even the slang interpretation of cool in the sense of fashionable or sophisticated conjures up the idea of a relaxed and casual attitude In the context of the poem cool can be seen as synonymous with a lack of passion and an increase of self-control Web is used to convey the sense of being enveloped by a layer which inhibits freedom Graves could have used net or mesh however those words lack
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