None has looked Minerva directly in the eye, spoke her language, and got from her those mysteries so intoxicating in their power and awe that even the she-devils renounce their allegiance to the sword-rake and wed themselves to the Virgin. Having just been at a major crossroads, this poem seems to address the issues of uncertainty I've been dealing with myself in trying to make a decision.
Groping out into the "Dark" is always frightening, but as this poem shows us, we can adapt to any situation, and even if there are mis-steps, moving forward with bravery is noble and right. Light is not some state of goodness and purity, Dark is not mired in immorality and Sin. Rather, they are much closer to their literal counterparts, light and its absence. Here, Dark is more the unknown, whereas Light is what is known and familiar. Venturing into the unfamiliar is brave, here represented by the idea of "The Bravest" who wander out into the Dark.
We can make order out of the unknown by venturing boldly into it, just as our eyes adjust to a dark room. The idea that we "fit our Vision to the Dark" is compelling, because besides mirroring real experience who hasn't felt their eyes adjust to dim light? Rather than fearing it, and seeking to stay in the realm of the known, we should do our best to adjust to it, and meet it head on, "erect.
It's something to be explored. This poem came to me at a good time, as I was dealing with a lot of uncertainty over what to do in the coming year. I was presented with the option to renew my contract and keep teaching in South Korea for another year, or to return to the US and seek work and move on with my life.
Both choices were equally attractive and either decision would have been equally bittersweet, and this poem, along with the idea of bravely pressing into the future, helped me to know that regardless of the choice I make, what matters most is how I act going forward.
I hope it helps you out, reader, if you've been struggling with any "Dark" of your own. Posted by Christopher at 7: We've all seen the teen angst poems. They directly state how the person feels usually in first person asking rhetorical questions and some repetition. Most the time they're just journal entrees. Add some spacing and repetition and call it poetry. We've all looked to the greats, in any field, and asked what defined them as being so unique.
Here is an example that was on the advanced placement AP english exam recently calling for a analysis of how rhetoric imagery, diction, structure, etc was used to effectively portray the piece. The theme is common, but you feel the personality and style of the author in the way it is portrayed.
It's not abstract words put together that just sound good or purely imagery based strength. The poem requires time to effectively understand and connect with.
Before you go on. Try to come up with your own analysis of the poem and it's meaning. Did you catch it? Look at the dashes. What do the dashes mean? Stop, pause, wait, end, say nothing It immediately breaks the movement.
We relate darkness with nothingness. In the context of this poem it most likely means inner conflict. The mind subconsciously repeats this after ever pause, after every dash. Look at the words it is used after. Dark, away, goodby, midnight. Look at the words it doesn't use it on. Lamp- it illuminates the darkness hence, no dash.
Step- without light, direction doesn't exist. To step is defined as to move forward. If everything is dark, and there is nothing, there is no meaning for the word, thus, it breaks the darkness.
Tree- trees are symbolic for wisdom. This poem is about emotional struggles. If there were wisdom, the troubles wouldn't be. Darkness is symbolic for emotional conflict, so if she had the wisdom to feel at peace, there would be no struggle. Sight- sight is defined by light. Straight - straight is defined by direction. There is no direction in darkness. That's the only last line of the stanza that doesn't have a dash. It's the conclusion, it doesn't end in darkness.
You may argue why the dash is there after brain, see, and forehead. Brain- It's a conflict of the mind that causes the darkness.
Forehead- "and sometimes hit a tree," the darkness is right in front. See- She doesn't mean visually. To finally 'see' is the enlightenment sought after. No solution to the conflict. The line is about the inner search for 'light'. The amount of dashes in that line help emphases how the feeling of hopelessness keeps plaguing in the search for that light and the desperation of the situation. They can't fight against it or 'kill' it, but must acknowledge it exists.
This is my reasoning through the lines. Others can make their own connections. If I made a mistake or you'd like to add something somewhere let me know. We grow accustomed to the Dark— Ask, "what does she mean by dark? When light is put away— Well, yeah, it gets dark when you turn the light off. What is illuminating that gets put away? As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp Neighbors can be referenced biblically as common man or, "others". It could mean friend. They hold the 'lamp'? To witness her Goodbye— Parting is sad.
So 'she' holds the light. She wouldn't say goodbye if there wasn't a connection. Since it comes so quickly and has such psychological effects, it could mean a death.
A Moment—We uncertain step For newness of the night— She is gone. It could mean the author feels undefined. There is nobody else. What do actions really mean if we're alone.
The other person or people gave meaning. Picture yourself as the only person on earth, everyone disappears. How would your ambitions, worries, and self perception change. Everything would be undefined. Then—fit our Vision to the Dark— And meet the Road—erect— As we adjust our eyes when it is dark, she had to adjust her perception of her life when there was no one. Roads are the means of transportation.
If they're vertical they impede our movement forward and leave us in a wreck. And so of larger—Darkness— Compared to the memories of the friend, turning to the big picture, emptiness. Those Evenings of the Brain— Time has passed and no improvement in the, if I can call it that, depression.
When not a Moon disclose a sign— No light. Perhaps it means interaction with others or love. Whatever you relate it to, it's gone. Not even the moon gives a hint of light. Or Star—come out—within— Moving on with life. The dashes help emphasize the desperation and frustration of the situation see structure section.
We grow accustomed to the Dark -. When light is put away -. As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp. To witness her Goodbye -. A Moment - We uncertain step. For newness of the night -. Then - fit our Vision to the Dark /5(4).
Technical analysis of We Grow Accustomed to the Dark literary devices and the technique of Emily Dickinson.
We grow accustomed to the Dark by Emily Dickinson. We grow accustomed to the Dark –. When Light is put away –. As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp. To witness her Goodbye –. A Moment - We uncertain step. For newness of the night –. Then – fit our Vision to the Dark –. And meet the Road – erect –.
Apr 20, · [We grow accustomed to the Dark-] - Emily Dickinson. We grow accustomed to the Dark -. When Light is put away -. As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp. To witness her Good bye -. A Moment - We Uncertain step. For newness of the night -. Then - fit our Vision to the Dark -. We grow accustomed to the Dark –. When light is put away –. As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp. To witness her Goodbye –. A Moment – We uncertain step. For .