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This paper examines Theodore Roethke's poem "The Waking" and looks at how, by incorporating a repeated paradoxical expression, complex prosody, Christian myth imagery and abstract setting, Roethke creates a unique depiction of another world of 'sleep' that is distinct from reality.
From the Paper:"In the poem's first tercet, the combination of a paradoxical expression and connotative language make the beginning especially engaging. The first key line starts, "I wake to sleep" (1). Although people wake from slumber or return there, the speaker seems to suggest that he wakes to enter another world, called 'sleep'. The other part of the first line, "and take my waking slow," sounds like he does not want to "wake" quickly from, or to, reality (1). Such connotative language implies that the waking to sleep is a situation similar to when people wake from a sleep. The second key line is, "I learn by going where I have to go" (2). It suggests that the speaker is not quite sure of his exact location, nor where he is going or should be."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bible, Genesis 1, <http://www.bible.org/netbible/index.htm>
Cite this Book Review:
"The Waking" (2007, February 25) Retrieved April 08, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-waking-92576/
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