The poem “The Way of the World” was a beautiful poem written by Kim Addonzio. I thought it was so truthful and contained wonderful metaphors throughout. I believe it revealed the ugly truth that humans do have an evil side, and most are unwilling to admit it outwardly. As other people progress and succeed in life, most people react by congratulating them and maybe sending them a card or present for their success. But I think what Kim was trying to describe was the complexity of emotions felt at any given “happy moment” by all humans. It is as if we wear a mask to hide our imperfections and our feelings that are viewed as “bad”. But in reality no one is perfect and we all struggle with choosing between good and evil. It is this constant pull between kindness and evilness or jealously that makes all humans imperfect. It is the decision to accept our imperfections that will ultimately free us from this constant battle.
This poem’s main focus was to reveal “human’s natural tendency to envy the good fortune of others” (p. 5). I believe this poem was in a way a confession, but because it focused on the whole human race, it did not have characteristics of a typical confessional poem. Kim did not focus on just herself, rather the poem revealed something about humanity as a whole.
What did you guys think of this poem? What were your interpretations of this poem? Would you consider this poem as confession or not? Why?