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Night Poem Analysis



Author: poem of Margaret Atwood Type: poem Views: 38

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There is nothing to be afraid of,

it is only the wind

changing to the east, it is only

your father     the thunder

your mother      the rain



In this country of water

with its beige moon damp as a mushroom,

its drowned stumps and long birds

that swim, where the moss grows

on all sides of the trees

and your shadow is not your shadow

but your reflection,



your true parents disappear

when the curtain covers your door.

We are the others,

the ones from under the lake

who stand silently beside your bed

with our heads of darkness.

We have come to cover you

with red wool,

with our tears and distant whispers.



You rock in the rain's arms,

the chilly ark of your sleep,

while we wait, your night

father and mother,

with our cold hands and dead flashlight,

knowing we are only

the wavering shadows thrown

by one candle, in this echo

you will hear twenty years later.






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I have this poem so much. I was assigned this in English Class last year in grade 9. We had to find the literary devices in this book and write a news article about it. Such a sh*tty poem.

| Posted on 2016-11-14 | by a guest


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This poem is talking about nature and time. Nature continues to flourish and protect long after we are gone. Fathers are strong like a thunder. Mothers are soft like the rain.

| Posted on 2014-03-19 | by a guest


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it might be that she is warning the readers of what the consequences are to those who do not...listen? because in the poem it can be seen that the father and mother have had arguments yet they might not be that often. maybe she experienced this first hand ?

| Posted on 2012-02-01 | by a guest


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This poem is a monkey's butt indeed. I am so proud of my young one.

| Posted on 2009-10-08 | by a guest




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