The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower Themes

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Cycle of Life

"The Force That through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower" describes the cycle of birth and death. It is one of several poems by Thomas which explores this pattern; in fact, the pattern provides such a consistent theme throughout his work that some critics have categorized this group as process poems. As the poem opens, the speaker presents the creative and destructive forces in life and nature. In the first two stanzas, Thomas clearly indicates that birth and blight are simply aspects of one continuum. The opening lines of these stanzas make this evident to the reader. The same force creates the flower, the child, the mountain spring, the circulatory system. However, the force which brings life also brings death. The force which "drives the flower" is also the force which "blasts the roots," killing the tree.

This process, although in more complex form, occurs in...

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