No Children

September 28, 2010

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This is an incredibly sarcastic and spiteful song by the Mountain Goats, and Brooks’ poem made me think about it.  It’s about a man and his wife who, according to the title, had no children and their relationship crashed and burned.  Despite the immense hatred portrayed in the lyrics, the song offers an interesting viewpoint on the general life of people who have no children.  It matches with the “mail of insolence” and “waving their spirits hence/ Without a trace of grace” that Brooks mentions.  However, the song lacks the glorification of having no children and the pure perishing, of people to care about other than oneself.

I think people have problems no matter what their lot in life is.  Especially the speaker in this song.

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