‘California Dreaming’ by Charles Wright, written in 1983, is a poem about Wright’s departure from Laguna Beach, CA, where he lived for six years. In ‘California Dreaming,’ the poet-speaker describes how Californians are similar to another evolution of people from the East.
Light and the sun are the main symbols and themes in 'California Dreaming.' Wright uses the sun's daily departure from the Eastern to western horizons to compare California to the Southeastern USA, where Wright grew up. The light transforms many times throughout the poem, carrying connotations of religion, rebirth, understanding, knowledge, and awakening.
‘Lampfall’ by Derek Walcott dives deep into an investigation of thought, dreaming, community and connection while also implying that nature and thought are more meaningful than development.
Derek Walcott's 'Lampfall' uses light as a metaphor for the center of all things. Walcott creates several little universes in this poem, using the lamplight his family sits around as a parallel to the sun. Each star in the sky, each flickering firefly, and each sunset carry deep meaning to the poet as he observes the way things ebb between states of light and dark.