What does the little poem mean?

Reply Tue 12 Oct, 2010 12:06 am

Put thousands together

Less bad,

But the cage less gay.

Does the above mean:

Putting thousands of into one big cage is something not bad, but the cage will be less joyful ?
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Reply Tue 12 Oct, 2010 01:29 am

It doesn't have a clear meaning in English.

Or even an obscure one.
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Reply Tue 12 Oct, 2010 02:15 am
You see, that quote is in "Le rouge et le noir" book from Stendhal.

It's now believed that Hobbes never said that.

Its purpose seems to be for the reader to create his own meaning..

It has one to me but apparently not for McT..
Reply Tue 12 Oct, 2010 05:29 am

Well of course one can create one's own meaning
But in the context of a question from an English student
Does it have a meaning?
If the meaning is up to the interpretation of the individual
Then I would contend that it does not.
Or, it has many.
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Reply Tue 12 Oct, 2010 07:34 am
It means to me:
You can have a party and invite 100 people or have a party where you only invite 10. The 10 may be "less bad" (safer, more intimate, quieter) but it would be less joyful.

So . . . .invite everyone to the party, not just the selected few.

This could apply to having friends, too.

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Reply Tue 12 Oct, 2010 06:49 pm
I believe it means the more the better but you will not be as happy when you have to count them. Very Happy
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Reply Fri 6 Jul, 2012 11:36 am
it means u can have 1000 citizen under one monarc who will lead
wich is less bad for everyone ( resources, safety, etc ), but the cage less gay (joyful). / gay comes from the latin word "JOY" medievo. the most complex meaning of this qoute is that the meaning is not given by the interpreter but by the time itself.
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