slipped the surly bonds of earth What does this mean? ...
diegokenji 35138 18294 514
slipped the surly bonds of earth

What does this mean? I'm not understand for sure
July 2016
  • This phrase, out of context, could mean many things Absent of the original context of its presentation or creation the author may or may not intend to blur the intended message

    "surly" is an adjective It has many meanings: (A) menacing or threatening in appearance eg surly weather (B) arrogant, imperious (C) irritably sullen (D) crabbed ie churlish in mood or manner

    For example: (1) I left my body, ie I died = I slipped the + (any adjective) + bonds of Earth (2) I cleaned my body after being in the mud, after being heavily soiled by earth = I got rid of the earth stuck to my body = I slipped (= I escaped) the + (any adjective) + bonds (connections; restraints) of Earth (3)I slipped the + (any adjective) + bonds of earth = I escaped (same adjective) earthen restraints = I let go of (same adjective) earthen attachments
    July 2016
  • TamL 2938 201 17304
    It's from a poem called High Flight, written by a World War 2 pilot named Magee http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/highflig.htm

    So he says in very poetic language that he flies his plane upwards, and playfully performs maneuvers.
    In other words he feels free from the churlish restraint of gravity.
    July 2016
  • [[Yaser2020]] 995 0
    On me humbled perspective it means removing the ugly constraints which restrict world
    July 2016
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    "slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God"

    Leaving the earth should be done against the force of gravity. But, I don't know why he described "bonds of earth" to be "surly". Is it assumed that you cannot enjoy what you might call "things under the sun"? And how can you touch the face of God? If the word "bonds" refers to "anything that stops you from being free to do what you want", what does "touching the face of God" mean? Did he try to consecrate the accident?
    July 2016