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Fading Light Themes

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Uncertainty

One of the significant themes of this poem is uncertainty. Just as the fading light of dusk makes clear vision impossible, the words of this poem emphasize the uncertainty of perception and memory. Starting with the first line's "one might catch it," the poem contains constant repeated references to uncertainty. The "almost substantial" light, which is "blue / white yellow" is of indeterminate color and materiality. Life itself is but "apparent" life, nothing palpable and direct, but vague and indeterminate. Near the end of the poem a sled goes "down the hill beyond sight down / into field's darkness." Nothing certain can be asserted about what happens in that darkness.

Impersonality

Creeley does not say that these events and perceptions occurred to him. Neither does he create a persona, a voice of another character, who tells his own story to a reader. Some of the most significant themes of impersonality...

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