I am a Rock. The meaning of Paul Simon's poem

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I Am A Rock

Paul Simon said that the person or people in his poem were sick of society, and wanted to be isolated away from society. He represents this by saying that they want to be like a rock, or like an island. They wanted to be isolated away from society.

The poem talks about people being sick of society, and want to be isolated from it. Even in the first line, he made an analogy between December being dark and dingy, by saying 'A winter's day - in a deep and dark December.' The month of December is usually likened to being cold, dark, and 'dangerous'. He also says that it is a lonely December in the second line where he says 'I am alone gazing from my window to the street below' he feels left out, and now wants to be left alone, like an island, or a rock.

Like in the second poem, where he says that he 'has no need of friendship.'

The person in the poem wants to be left alone, like an island, or a rock. In the second stanza, he says 'I've built a wall, a fortress deep and mighty.' He has built a mental block to all outsiders, and he compares this to an inpenetrable wall. Inpenetrable walls keep unwanted things out: bad feelings, love, etc. Then, in the third line of this stanza, he says 'I have no need of friendship - friendship causes pain, It's laughter and loving I disdain.' He said that he doesn't want friendship because it just causes pain, and that the laughter and loving he hates or despises. He wants to be left alone, like it says in the third stanza, 'Hiding in my room, Safe within my tomb.'

He wanted to be shielded from...