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With regard to the idea of conflating war with Herod's massacre of the innocents, it should be noted that war is often viewed as a massacre of innocent youth. The poem seems to suggest that Herod has survived as some kind of mythical threatening personage. (As for Gareth's query about "ferry my fireside", I would guess that does indeed return to ...


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The childhood was happy. The present is grim. About the dog. The translation says it was homeless. The original says "дваровым", living in "двор". It is something like a court, a cul-de-sac - but without traffic; a quad perhaps. All kids were playing there, and all their mothers could see them through windows. The dog did not belong to ...


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