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In A Dark Time Analysis



Author: poem of Theodore Roethke Type: poem Views: 53

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In a dark time, the eye begins to see,

I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;

I hear my echo in the echoing wood--

A lord of nature weeping to a tree,

I live between the heron and the wren,

Beasts of the hill and serpents of the den.



What's madness but nobility of soul

At odds with circumstance? The day's on fire!

I know the purity of pure despair,

My shadow pinned against a sweating wall,

That place among the rocks--is it a cave,

Or winding path? The edge is what I have.



A steady storm of correspondences!

A night flowing with birds, a ragged moon,

And in broad day the midnight come again!

A man goes far to find out what he is--

Death of the self in a long, tearless night,

All natural shapes blazing unnatural light.



Dark,dark my light, and darker my desire.

My soul, like some heat-maddened summer fly,

Keeps buzzing at the sill. Which I is I?

A fallen man, I climb out of my fear.

The mind enters itself, and God the mind,

And one is One, free in the tearing wind.






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in the First Stanza when Roethke says \"In a dark time, the eye begins to see\" he means when he is depressed,he begins to see, but what he\'s describing isn\'t clarity. It is another way of seeing the world,but seeing through the eyes of a person in madness

| Posted on 2013-04-28 | by a guest


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This is a beautiful, crazy poem . Insane poem which celebrates insanity.

| Posted on 2012-01-08 | by a guest


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Definately a Faith struggle, deciding wheter to turn to sin and his dark desires or to choose the light, but temptation and Death of the self (or to oneself) in a long, tearless night

| Posted on 2011-05-02 | by a guest


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This is a struggle with his faith. When Roethke says he lives between the heron and the wren, beasts of the hill and serpents of the den, he is saying that he is almost hiding from his faith. Herons live near water, and wrens are known for living in dark crevices. Beasts of the hill is salvation obviously, and of course a den would be like a hiding area also.

| Posted on 2010-02-26 | by a guest


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What is the analysis of this, especially ""Beasts of the hill and serpents of the den".

| Posted on 2009-01-30 | by a guest




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