Another Night in the Ruins Essay

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Ullmann is a freelance writer and editor. In the following essay, she discusses the relationship between creativity and spirituality in Kinnell’s poem “Another Night in the Ruins.”

“Another Night in the Ruins,” by Galway Kinnell, examines a writer’s struggle with creativity, and the perils and assurances inherent in the creative process. The narrator of the poem is a writer who, like Kinnell, draws inspiration from the natural world and seems driven to distraction by his own naturalist spirituality. In section 6, he watches a rooster find a grain—the inspired thought—and “rips / it into / flames. Flaps. Crows. / Flames / bursting out of his brow.” Even before this direct illustration of inspiration is presented, the narrator is concerned with the nighttime hilly landscape and birds, both real and figurative. One bird he watches flying through the twilight...

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