for the great flint to come singing

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Juliette25

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French
Hello,

I cannot find what "flint" is in this passage of the poem Bushed written by Earle Birney:
And now he could only
bar himself in and wait
for the great flint to come singing into his heart


(here is a link to the entire poem: http://english222earlebirney.blogspot.be/2009/10/v-behaviorurldefaultvml-o.html)

I know that flint is "silex" in French, but I do not think that this translation is the right one here.
There are several singers named "Flint" but in the poem there is no capital letter so i don't think it refers to a name...

Could somebody enlighten me? :)

Thank you
 
  • Juliette25

    New Member
    French
    I get it now, the flint refers to the "winds were shaping its peak to an arrowhead - poised" earlier in the poem, and implicitly to death. Thank you very very much! :)
     
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