After all, "she was the maker of the song she sang. Placing this poem too squarely within the romantic framework of mind over Nature, however, discounts the poem's true dynamic, which does not rest solely on the dichotomy between singer and song. The two listeners themselves engage in creation song making by attending to sea and singer.
It is finally the speaker, not the singer or the song, who effects the enchantment of the night.
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The leaves Sway. Smack in my path your scat sings its small joke: blackness riddled with seed and sign. Your tail has flicked fire on the path before me, your shape assembled from deep within the patterned trees, then come apart. In the rain in the brisk sigh of ice on the river. When I call, you answer with a whoosh and shut of air, and ringing silence.
I ask again and will again: Come back. From Ecopoetry Anthology. Stevens re-conceptualizes poetry itself as a modern form of redemption. In bodies of work created through the mid-century Stevens died in ; H. Their distinctive inward quests lead to discoveries of the other within themselves; then to something larger beyond themselves, an encompassing being or sense of being that may be considered an idea of god.
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It demonstrates poetry's effectiveness as a catalyst for compassionate dialogue across religious divides that are used to fuel global conflict. When Stevens says, "God is in me or else is not at all does not exist ," 4 he proclaims the divinity within, not a transcendent God separate and other from the human. History has failed us, or we have failed it, and we must begin again in the present, informed by ancient wisdom and prepared to undergo a complete metamorphosis, or "worm cycle.
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It is in language, "man's very speech," not in the idols of a religion, where ancient wisdom sets its store through the cyclical discourses of history. The "heresy" of H.
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Nietzsche declared that God was dead and religion had lost its power long before World War I made poets face the brutal reality of large-scale modern warfare at odds with Romantic notions of heroism and honor. Darwin's theory of evolution was taking hold as the 20th century began, along with Freud's idea that unconscious motives control human behavior.