‘What Though the Dark Come Down’ by Annette Wynne is a powerful, four-stanza poem that explores the power, or lack thereof, darkness holds.
Darkness is the main focus of this poem, found throughout all four stanzas and is the central topic that the poet is interested in.
What though the dark come down,
What though the shadows fall,
What though the dark come on the sea,
And the ships and the hills and all?
‘The Tyger’ is a well-known poem by William Blake. It explores the dark and destructive side of God and his creation.
The poem explores themes of darkness and the unknown. The tiger, with its fearsome nature and the mystery of its creation, represents the darker aspects of existence and the unknowable aspects of creation.
Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
‘The Fish’ by Marianne Moore uses imagery and form to objectively describe nature and humanity’s ability to survive and mature in the face of death, destruction, and loss.
More often than not, the atmosphere of 'The Fish' is very dark. While some gleams of light and color shine through, the ocean is as black as a jade stone or crow, implying that darkness is not the absence of life. However, the dark cliff that overhangs the sea is the absence of life, as it is a hard, unmoving foundation for other life to thrive upon.
through black jade.
Of the crow-blue mussel-shells, one keeps
adjusting the ash-heaps;
opening and shutting itself like
‘The Raven’ is commonly considered to be Edgar Allan Poe’s poetic masterpiece. It details a harrowing night in the speaker’s life that includes incessant knocking and a talking raven that only says one word–“Nevermore.”
Darkness is an important image in this poem, contributing to the poem's haunting and eerie atmosphere. Poe's use of darkness as a metaphorical image reflects the human experience of grappling with the unknown and the fear of the afterlife.
Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
‘After Killing a Spider’ by Masaoka Shiki is a thoughtful poem. It describes the negative and dark effects of killing a spider.
The darkness of the night serves to heighten the sense of loneliness and isolation felt by the speaker. It also creates a feeling of unease and discomfort, making the speaker feel even more vulnerable and alone with their thoughts and emotions.
a spider, how lonely I feel
‘Try to Praise the Mutilated World’ by Adam Zagajewski focuses on the most important ways that people can find happiness in their everyday lives. They can step out into nature or return to memories.
The poem acknowledges the reality of suffering and tragedy in the world, including the horrors of war and violence. By refusing to turn a blind eye to the world's darkness, the poem emphasizes the importance of acknowledging and confronting the pain and trauma that exist in the world.
Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June's long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of rosé wine.
The nettles that methodically overgrown