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What does a few lost beams of latent light mean?

I think it's summer still outside
A few lost beams of latent light
moi Caprice

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If you wanted to know what 'latent' means, you should look up a dictionary. If you are unsure of the poetic intent of the writer, you could ask on writersSE. ELU generally does not encourage pedantic topics in QA. –  Kris Apr 24 '12 at 7:25
    
Indeed, poetic interpretation is off topic for here. –  Matt Эллен Apr 24 '12 at 8:33
    
or literature.SE, if song lyrics count there. –  Mitch Apr 24 '12 at 19:10

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Latent means 'hidden' or 'concealed'. The writer seems to be using the word to say that the beams of light were very faint.

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plus one. that is it. –  Kris Apr 24 '12 at 7:19
    
Indeed, summer days are long – sounds like the end of the day to me. I suppose the author could have used dying light, too, but probably liked the alliterativeness of latent. –  J.R. Apr 24 '12 at 8:59
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@J.R.: A clear missed opportunity to use the word crepuscular! Even though it doesn't fit the meter or alliterate. –  Aesin Apr 24 '12 at 16:19
  • A collection of few rays of light constitutes a beam.
  • Latent means "Present but not evident or active."
  • So the writer talks of some faint sun rays.
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