Flesh food


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Russian, Spanish
Does "flesh food" refer to human flesh or to the flesh of all animals? Thanks:

"A good law, for both man and beast:
Let all flesh food -for a thousand pities-
Enter to us as lifeless meat,
And goad no live thing, through our cities".

"The City's Ways" (New Poems), by W. H. Davies.
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The poem remarks upon the way that the city makes brutes of people and gives instances of cruelty to animals. It then gives a happier picture of rural animals. "Flesh food" refers to farm animals in general.

    Enter to us as lifeless meat, has a double meaning (i) [farm animals] to be eaten, should come to city people as meat, i.e. kill only for necessity. (ii) [living animals] should not come into the experience of city people.
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    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    To me it says something simple. Kill farm animals outside the city and bring the meat in as meat. Don't drive the live animals in herds through the city to butcher shops or slaughterhouses - presumably because it's stressful for the animals and inconvenient for the city dwellers.