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Docker considers the unity Brennan seeks in Poems in sexual terms, paying close attention to the sexual metaphors of the first section. However, Lilith's intervention in the earthly union that was to produce transcendence disturbs the persona. Seeking union with Lilith, the persona does not know if he achieves transcendence or whether the feeling is the "creation of his own anxiety", leaving him in a state of "solipsistic despair".