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Unformatted text preview: Stephanie Karian Sapira Intro to Lit Rough draft 3/30/08 A Comparison Of “The Lamps” & “Two Horses Mary Oliver portrays the cycle of life in her two poems, “The Lamps” and “Two Horses”. They are two beautifully crafted poems each sharing the aesthetic of language, theme, and style. “The Lamps” has an eerie essence of inevitability, the theme of death is very subtle but it looms throughout the poem through the use of language and metaphor. “But of course the darkness keeps/ Its appointment. Each evening/ An inscrutable presence, it has the final word/ Outside every door” (Mary Oliver). The darkness, meaning death, doesn’t go untouched by anybody; it is always looming outside our front doors. The imagery in this poem is so detailed, the use of adjectives in this poem helps carry the feeling of a peaceful death, “You are alone in your small house/ And the wicks sputtering...
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course ENGL 20451 taught by Professor Sapira during the Spring '08 term at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
- Spring '08