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Blessing the Boats - From quilting (1991), "How art though fallen From Heaven/O Lucifer, son of the Morning?..." Summary & Analysis

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From quilting (1991), "How art though fallen From Heaven/O Lucifer, son of the Morning?..." Summary

This poem doesn't have a typical title. Instead, it is a quotation from scripture, from the Book of Isaiah. This poem introduces several poems on the topic of Lucifer, or Satan, or the devil, who is hated and despised by most religionists. However, Clifton explores the nature of Lucifer as well as the whole reason and experience of his falling from heaven. In this poem, the first stanza shows everyone missing Lucifer after he's first fallen. The name Lucifer means light-bringer, and the first stanza shows heaven is dark without him. The cherubim are singing Kaddish, which is the Jewish ceremony of mourning. The second stanza shows "the solitary brother," who is Christ...

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