“Back out of all this now too much for us”

cf. Harry W. Watrous, The Passing of Summer (1912)

Back out of all this now too much for us,
Back in a time made simple by the loss
Of detail, burned, dissolved, and broken off…

–Robert Frost, Directive
 

Elvis Costello – “My Thief”

“The meaning is what the poem means to different sensitive readers.”

Albert Bartholomé, The Artist’s Wife Reading (1883)

“But as for the meaning of the poem as a whole, it is not exhausted by any explanation, for the meaning is what the poem means to different sensitive readers.”

—T. S. Eliot, “The Frontiers of Criticism”
 

Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now