The exciting nature of "Among School Children" stems from
the poems growth from an apparent lack of position, to the ultimate question: What is life worth once someone has grown old?
It is a comprehensive poem, dealing with the great Greek philosophers, views on men and women, passion, piety and affection, and the organic and human worlds.
It compares the physical body to the imaginative soul: the bitterness and the exhaustion of the biological is contrasted to the constant brightening of the human imagination.
Ending commentary by Harvard student Jessica Kahan.