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Author: Poetry of Archibald MacLeish Type: Poetry Views: 1376

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And here face down beneath the sun

And here upon earth's noonward height

To feel the always coming on

The always rising of the nightTo feel creep up the curving east

The earthy chill of dusk and slow

Upon those under lands the vast

And ever climbing shadow growAnd strange at Ecbatan the trees

Take leaf by leaf the evening strange

The flooding dark about their knees

The mountains over Persia changeAnd now at Kermanshah the gate

Dark empty and the withered grass

And through the twilight now the late

Few travelers in the westward passAnd Baghdad darken and the bridge

Across the silent river gone

And through Arabia the edge

Of evening widen and steal onAnd deepen on Palmyra's street

The wheel rut in the ruined stone

And Lebanon fade out and Crete

High through the clouds and overblownAnd over Sicily the air

Still flashing with the landward gulls

And loom and slowly disappear

The sails above the shadowy hullsAnd Spain go under the the shore

Of Africa the gilded sand

And evening vanish and no more

The low pale light across that landNor now the long light on the seaAnd here face downward in the sun

To feel how swift how secretly

The shadow of the night comes on...






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It should also be noted that the poem is inspired by \"To His Coy Mistress\" by Andrew Marvell, which addresses the passage of time and the inexorability of death.

| Posted on 2013-01-03 | by a guest


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Great analysis on number 3!! Big help in understanding the poem. Thanks!

| Posted on 2011-02-15 | by a guest


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The main idea is the passage of time and how time changing everything including the distruction of civilizations.Macleish x symbol to that distruction which comes from the east begins with Ecbatan and other countries where the east has its civilization(those have already collapsed when time passes) toward the west. Things don't remain the same,the new nations are also bound to collapse because they are under the influence of time.The poem is predicting the downfall of American civilazation.The distruction of civilization is a common twentieth century poetry theme. 26 Oct.09 Jer.Palestine.

| Posted on 2009-10-26 | by a guest


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The main idea is the passage of time and how time changing everything including the distruction of civilizations.Macleish x symbol to that distruction which comes from the east begins with Ecbatan and other countries where the east has its civilization(those have already collapsed when time passes) toward the west. Things don't remain the same,the new nations are also bound to collapse because they are under the influence of time.The poem is predicting the downfall of American civilazation.The distruction of civilization is a common twentieth century poetry theme. 26 Oct.09 Jer.Palestine.

| Posted on 2009-10-26 | by a guest


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this is an essay that i had to write about this poem. its only freshman work but it might include some ideas you are looking for.
There are always new powers emerging in the world. Empires have always been around since the beginning of mankind and through the present day. But, not one civilization can last for long. No civilizations were ever completely successful, and ended in some sort of downfall. As centuries go by, nations are faced with struggles that can “make or break” them. As more time goes by, nations fail; proving that time is indeed their source of destruction. The events of nations rising and falling over time is depicted in the poem “You, Andrew Marvell.”
In the poem “You, Andrew Marvell” the author is lying on a beach in America, imagining that it is nighttime. He is thinking about how darkness is covering other parts of the earth and is moving around the world. The darkness moves over the earth in a never-ending path. The poem describes in the order of the nations dwelling in darkness. The nations that were mentioned were Ectaban, Persia, Kermanshah, Baghdad, Arabia, Palmyra, Lebanon, Crete, Sicily, Spain, and Africa. The poem depicts the landscapes of these nations being overcome by darkness. For example, the images that are conveyed are the mountains in Persia changing and the darkness creeping up the skies of Ectaban. Also, the author describes the ruins of those nations that have been covered in darkness.
The poem describes the darkness overcoming the ruins of nations that were once thriving, but then suffered a downfall. The darkness is a symbol of destruction over time. The described nations experienced a time of general success, and also a time that they had a downfall. For example, Ectaban was a great empire that thrived in Iraq, but nations took over and controlled the land. Also, Sicily, which is a island off the coast of Italy, encountered many civilizations conquering the island. In the poem, the author speaks through a pattern. The nations are stated in the order that darkness covers them. The nations are also stated in the chronological order that destruction spreaded across the globe. According to this order, the next nation in the path of darkness is America, in which the author makes an indirect statement saying that America is next to endure a downfall. Darkness is another symbol for death. As the darkness leads to the passing of days, there are also the passing of lives. Death is creeping up to all mankind, and it cannot be avoided. This poem clearly depicts all of these symbols.

| Posted on 2008-02-26 | by a guest


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I wanna analyze this poem(litrary analysis).first look at title:yes;it has allusion(litrary allusion) to Marvell's "To his Coy Mistress" the stanza that begin with "but at my back ...".the other technique is symbol.everybody knows that "Night" is symbol for deat also metaphor.this poem is about passing of life & days.for more info read the "THe road not taken".The other thing is Ecbatan;it located in Iran;and I post this Analysis from there!!!!!!!!.this comment by Student of Eng literature S.M.H from Ecbatan.

| Posted on 2006-06-04 | by Approved Guest


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In this poem, Macleish wishes to convey the image of the ever looming fear of death which hangs over all of mankind. The darkness, which represents death, slowly creeps over a barren landscape, never to be stoped, and always coming. Some also believe, the fallen cities to be Macleish main point. They are listed in chronological order of their downfall (represented by the coming night), and were all once great ancient cities. Coincidently, they are also listed from east to west, the direction from which the night covers the world. America is next in the darkness's path. Perhaps Macleish wishes to foreshadow America's downfall.

| Posted on 2005-05-03 | by Approved Guest




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