"We become acclimated to the darkness." Setting The poetry uses the poem's dark, rough path as a metaphor for life itself. On this metaphorical path, the night sky signifies "those evenings of the brain" when life appears especially difficult or unclear.
The word "acclimated" means "to become habituated to". In other words, we adapt to the darkness by learning how to live in it. We do this by going without light during part of the day and eventually day becomes night again.
This adaptation is called "circadian rhythm". Our bodies and minds have their own daily cycles that are mostly hidden from view. These cycles are based on a 24-hour period known as a "day". Days come in two types: "waking" days and "sleeping" nights. You can think of the waking day as being from sunrise to sunset, while the sleeping night falls between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.. During these hours, most people require a lot of sleep. A healthy person should get at least seven hours per night.
There are two reasons why getting less than this could be a problem. First, not enough sleep makes you feel tired and worn out all the time. This affects your work, schoolwork, and social life. Second, if you don't get enough sleep, you are likely to make poor decisions while awake.
("We Become Accustomed to Darkness") Which of the following statements best represents a theme in the poem? Tolerating strange surroundings requires time and fortitude.
("We Grow Used to the Dark") The night sky is full of wonders.
("We Crossed a Line / Then Looked Behind Us") One must never look back upon one's life with regret.
The poem's choice of language, particularly the phrase "Evenings of the Brain," implies that it is about the internal battles of finding out how to tackle life's obstacles. What do light and darkness represent in this poem? Light represents virtue, while darkness represents evil. Thus, the poet is saying that even though he tries to follow what is right, he cannot resist doing what is wrong sometimes.
Here are some more lines from the poem that discuss these concepts further: "Even as I write this word my hands grow dark/ With visions of another's pain and sin." By using the word "even" here, the poet is saying that he is capable of doing bad things too. Sin means wrongdoing or error, and his hands have shown him what such errors look like so he does not want to commit them.
Darkness can also mean knowledge. Here, it means that the poet knows what evil looks like and does not want to become like that himself.
Finally, light also means freedom. It is possible that by following his instincts, doing what feels good at the time, the poet could never be guilty of anything because it would be impossible for him to know better.
Thus, the poet wants to be free from knowing what evil looks like and from committing sins but cannot find any way out.
The lack of light, or darkness, obviously denotes death. Night, particularly "that good night," denotes death, and the withering or dwindling of the light is the precursor to death. The presence of darkness as death is largely implied throughout the poem. However, there is also a sense in which darkness can be a sign of life, such as when referring to nighttime, so these two ideas are present within the poem.
Darkness can also represent destruction or doom. For example, in Armageddon, where humanity has been destroyed, there is only darkness left behind. Death, destruction, and gloom are all associated with darkness, so it is no surprise that the poet uses this element frequently within his work.
Light represents life, hope, and beauty. When people are alive, they have light in their eyes; once they die, that light goes out forever. Darkness is therefore linked closely with death, but it can be reversed if someone is given new life through Jesus Christ. Through this miracle, the dead can be brought back to life!
Do not go gentle into that good night. Old men should be men, and women should be women. And when he came, he said, "Go tell the world..." Then he added, "But remember, I am coming soon."
Here we can see that darkness and light are opposite sides of the same coin.
The Night. Darkness represents life apart from God, the source of light. Dante begins his trip in a dark wilderness after deviating from the proper path. Dante sees the stars in the poem's concluding words, indicating that he has left Hell and is on his journey to God. The darkness also represents sin, which blocks humanity from seeing God.
Dante travels through the Dark Wood because it is the only way to reach the next valley and find the next circle of Hell. The Dark Wood is full of dangerous animals and evil people who will try to harm Dante.
In the Middle Ages, the Dark Forest was often used as a metaphor for hell. Modern readers sometimes use the name as a metaphor for darkness or despair.
Dante describes Hell as a dark wood where poisonous plants grow. This shows that misery leads to destruction and death. Hell is filled with sinners who lost their lives due to their own sins; therefore, they receive punishment for all these years without end.
People often make fun of Satan in the Inferno. They say he is "a proud man" and "a poet who loved music too much". This means that Satan cares about what others think of him and he enjoys writing poetry. He also wants everyone to know that he is better than everyone else - a concept known as elitism. Elitism is when someone believes that they are better than other people.
What effect does the word choice in stanzas 4-5 have on the tone of the poem? The phrases "learn" and "adjusts" transform the tone from unsure to hopeful as the speaker confirms people's ability to persevere in the face of adversity.
The first line of stanza four is particularly significant because it implies that humanity has a tendency to adapt to any situation. When something unexpected happens, we try to understand why it occurred and then we "learn" how to deal with it in the future. For example, if a lightning bolt strikes your house today, you would probably call someone to report the damage and ask them to send an electrician to check out the circuit breaker box on the roof. If nothing else, this shows that humans are capable of adapting to various situations.
In stanza five, the poet continues this idea by saying that even though darkness is unavoidable, people should still maintain a sense of hope. Even though we cannot see light, it exists and it will help us find our way around obstacles. This concept is similar to the one discussed in stanza one where the speaker says that even though floods are destructive, they also serve a purpose by cleansing the land.
Finally, consider how the last two lines of stanza four and five echo each other. Both sentences begin with the word "how," which signals a question.