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Daylights Themes

Rosanna Warren
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"Daylights" uses a contemporary urban setting to explore the idea of nature. By juxtaposing the gritty streets of New York with the sky, the speaker questions popular representations of nature as a benign or even a beneficent force. Here, the sky "stabs" the speaker, offering her no solace from the ugly and threatening street crime she witnesses. As lines 14-15 show, the blue sky itself makes the speaker vulnerable, "unclouding" and "un-naming" her, until she feels as if she is facing her own death. Nature for Warren, as for the symbolist poets of the nineteenth century, is not a place of refuge but rather a mirror-like entity that reflects the poet's own fears and desires. Whereas nature inspired the romantic poets, it just as often casts dread into the hearts of the symbolists, making them aware of their own aloneness in the world. Curiously, it is another human...

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