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Castano 1Francisco CastanoProfessor KirchnerENG COMP II07/12/20Themes of Life and Human ConditionIn times of reflection, maybe to escape from the real world or to expand our horizons, wetend to rely on literature and art. The feelings, emotions, and significance of the author is shownthrough the language used in their piece. Throughout the years, literature is kept and is relevantin our daily usage to analyze a feeling or emotion that we often see or identify in ourselves. Theauthors, Edgar Allan Poe and Mary Oliver, differ in time period but have two works that canshow appreciation for themes of life and human conditions. Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Dream Withina Dream” and Mary Oliver’s “In Blackwater woods”, both poems utilize symbolism, referring totime, and the feelings induced from nature to bring out a theme of life and emphasize differenthuman conditions.To begin with, Poe’s poem “A Dream Within a Dream” refers to reality as questionable,the reader therefore must comprehend the stance of the protagonist who feels sentiments, suchthose of “loss of hope and his intense feeling of being disconnected from reality”(Constantakis).Philosophical in a way Poe invites the reader to think about what can we know for certain aboutreality, how do we know for sure if this is nothing else but a dream? Poe as a writer was a“pioneer in opening up areas of human experience for artistic treatment…he was hailed by thesymbolist movement as the prophet of the modern sensibility” (Encyclopedia of WorldBiography Online). Poe’s personality was unique in the way that it offered new forms of viewingand describing his feelings in his writings. From a psychological perspective we can relate to
Castano 2why Poe wrote the way he wrote “[t]he fact that Poe’s poetic genius was tied to a distortedpersonal life was bound to affect his feeling and thinking. These ideas and emotions in turn werenaturally reflected in his work” (Lerner). His style of writing was a but dark in the sense that Poehad many constant themes throughout his works such as “death, despair, grief, and madness”(Constantakis). On the other hand, Mary Oliver had a more optimistic view about the darkthemes that Poe showed, “her vision of death is gentle, pastoral, and haunting rather than fearfuland violent” (Contemporary Poets). There is a difference in writing styles between these twowriters, Oliver seems to have a delicacy for aesthetic objects such those in nature seeing thebeauty of how things are, while Poe uses the objects of nature in his poems to describe negativeemotions of his tormented personality. Mary Oliver’s main environment influenced her writing,she was always surrounded by nature, her “poetry gives each reader the illusion that the naturalworld is graspable, controllable, and beautiful” (Contemporary Poets).The two poems that arebeing analyzed have one main moral, to let go. Letting go is considered a human condition, thesentimental side of not being attached to something that you loved can evoke emotions that these

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