TAI Poetry Analysis

TAI Poetry Analysis - Joe Wilmot TAI 170 Dr Sue Ann Martin...

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Joe Wilmot TAI 170 4-11-10 Dr. Sue Ann Martin IN A DARK TIME ANALYSIS The poem that I have chosen to analyze and perform for the class is called “In A Dark Time,” written by Theodore Roethke. The theme that I got out of this poem is that of nature and mind. I feel like this poem is a very emotional one in which nature is used to express the feelings that he is or had experienced. He describes his emotional state with words of nature and rhythm and does it all by staying within the context of the title, “In A Dark Time.” The speaker in this poem is the author, Theodore Roethke, although the way he reads it and others see it can be different in many ways. As all poetry is, through the eye of the reader or in general, what it means to them. This poem has so many different aspects to it and can be ready from many different angles. This is not a Narrative poem, because I believe it doesn’t tell a story. There are sequences of events that happen, but it’s more of him reflecting himself through the parts of nature and what he can see in himself through all different nature aspects. The line “ 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” sends a powerful message about losing self. The death of self comes when living this world searching for whom you are, rather than projecting your true self. Natural shapes blazing unnatural light I think refers to other people giving out untrue personality, not letting their true light sign. That’s what I picked out these few lines. I think this poem is a dramatic lyric poem, because it has aspects of both. It is a
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