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The ice is a rich condensation: it is the agent that bends the parents' sexuality and it is also the parents' sexuality. What is even more interesting, perhaps, are the motivations for returning to the scene of the swinging. On the one hand he finds solace from suffering an eye being lashed; thus, he might be achieving revenge on the object that initially inflicted pain on him. Along with this wish is another, the fear of achieving his wish and being lost in his destructive fantasy and punished for it: "May no fate...half grant what I wish and snatch me away /Not to return.
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The poem also contains a sense of wishing to destroy, but also a wish of not having destroyed too much: the trees survive, but they have felt his power: "they never right themselves." There is the idea of wanting to be held by the tree, even "set down" by it.
One might conclude that creativity, love of nature and consolation are sustained by these powerful fantasies, fantasies that permit destruction and perpetuation of the objects that bend to his will and yet will remain constant though damaged.