what friends are for: a very brief examination of the role of
restorative influences in Thomas Moore's The Meeting of the Waters
THERE is not in the wide world a valley so sweet
a lingering sentiment in moore’s ballad seems to be contained very simply in his final lines: when our lives turn difficult and tremulous, nature and friendship will act as protective, restorative agents. even when read very superficially, this interpretation seems to be clear enough, but moore’s poem is wrought with imbedded elements that echo this observation. in terms of poetic devices, it is important to note that along with its obviously luscious and tranquil imagery, the poem’s tense and structure parallel and encourage this reading, which is succinctly and eloquently represented by the third stanza of moore’s poem.