Piazza Place, by John Crowe Ransom is a poem that seems to be simply about romance but more evidently a sad love story. Two people seeing each other from a distance. He’s much older and she’s a young lady, the older man is trying to get the woman's attention but she’s waiting for her partner but she does notice the older man and is startled by him looking at her from a far. As I read the original and the de/ composed version, I found myself more understanding the original poem through the decomposed version. Through the decomposed version I noticed the theme of love much more boldly than the original, the poem shows how love must come at its own time, the man can try his hardest to leer the young beautiful lady but it all depends on wither the young lady accepts or not?
When reading the decomposed version, it’s easier to see the story… how the young lady looks at the older man watching her and threatens to scream if he doesn’t move away from the trellis because she’s waiting for her lover. The man sees that the roses on the trellis are dying, and to my personally opinion, I take this as a sign of death upon the young women, as well that the older man will pass soon because the poem states he’s wearing an old dusty coat and hears “the spectral singing of the moon” (Ransom 6) The young beautiful lady of course doesn’t notice the death of the atmosphere. John Ransom uses much irony in this story. All the information intake from the poem, is much clearer to process and evaluate when reading the decomposed version.
Ransom wrote this poem using the theme of love and death. It is a simple drama love story which reveals that even though the young beautiful lady doesn’t notice death, eventually it will come. Throughout the book I continuously find that no matter how well writing the poems are, the decomposed versions always seem to be more comprehensive for me to understand.