As: (used in comparison to refer to extent of something = nine clues) I: (9th letter of the alphabet denoting the next after "H"; a standing alone one word "I" = Nine) have: (gone alone ( alone is One = only One = Stanza one)
The Stanza one is very important because it tells you there are 9 clues using the word "hint" 9 clues and the letter H another clue? Words standing "alone" can mean many understandings.
Stanza one helps you understand how to read the rest of the poem.
Last Edit: Mar 29, 2018 10:21:05 GMT -5 by Deleted
IMO, the first stanza tells you where to go to find the starting location (if that makes sense), stanza 2 is first, second and third clues - all of which are needed; the first clue is in your starting location, clues 2 & 3 are your next location(s), but your starting location isn't clue one. Even with the seeming bouncing around, the clues do remain contiguous, but there is an order to follow that makes sense once you have the starting location.
If it makes cents? Sounds mimty and refreshing, like a mint julip while in the in-field of Kentucky Derby. Served with some browned Char sounds like an IDeal day.
One thing I have also noticed about stanza one, that may help to substantiate the theory that stanza one may not contain information than what we already know is, Forrest starts the poem using a conjunction. He uses the word as, a conjunction, then a present perfect "have gone", to mean since or because he has went or has gone alone in there. What this does grammatically is to make the first two lines of the poem become a dependent clause, it is now dependent on further information to make a clear and complete sentence, thus the "I can Keep my secret where" which by itself is a independent clause, but then is followed by another independent clause "and hint of riches new and old" therefore completing the first sentence of the poem and quite possibly the first clue.
Remember Since or because (as) he has gone alone, He CAN keep his secret where, and hint of riches new and old. If this is true and we believe it to be since Forrest has mentioned this truth several times, then the treasures must be an inanimate object, and because it is in the plural form it then must be a verb to mean things Forrest holds fond or dear. And since riches can only be a noun then riches should be in reference to things of monetary value so he can keep his secret where and hint "of" things of value both new and old.
Let us compare what was said above to the recent Q & A from Forrest:
Thanks for misspelling knowledge for me. I am sure the treasure chest relishes her guardianship of the rich objects that are concealed in her care, and over which she stands sentinel. They are still in hibernation, but will soon waken as the spring warmth gestures for the Long Tailed Ermine to start turning back into weasels, and the bears start peeking out. I think the gold will again become alert to the tromp and vibrations of hiking boots. Are they hopefully anticipating? I don’t know. f
Lets look specifically at the following line:
I am sure the treasure chest relishes her guardianship of the rich objects that are concealed in her care, and over which she stands sentinel.
rich objectsin her care, and over which she stands sentinel.
So rich objects, could be inferred to mean riches new and old, that are in her care: i.e the gold in in it's raw and transformed form. (see above quoted)
But what are the rich objects over which she stands sentinel? Could they be those things we too would see if we were standing where the treasure chest is? Quite possibly the treasures mentioned in stanza one? (see above quote)
So, if this hypothesis is true, then what are we then to infer about stanza one? In my opinion, there is no information contained there within that gets a searcher closer to the treasure chest.