"The shadow" is death in this phrase from Henley's poetry. As a result, the "horror of the shade" is the terror of death. And, as he puts it, the horrors of death are all that awaits beyond this existence (this region of "wrath and sorrow").
This passage comes from one of William Ernest Henley's poems called "Invictus". It was first published in London in 1875. Henley (February 21, 1850 - August 4, 1903) was an English writer who became known for his epics and romances of Victorian England.
Henley was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, the son of a clergyman. He was educated at Cheltenham College and then at St John's College, Cambridge. After graduating with a degree in mathematics, he never went to school again. Instead, he spent his time writing poems and articles for magazines. By the age of 30, he was already famous.
In 1873, he traveled to South Africa where he worked as a clerk for the colonial office. Two years later, he returned home and began publishing his works including novels, plays, and poems. In 1875, he married Elizabeth Barrow. The couple had three children: Barbara, John, and Katharine.
In 1879, Henley went back to South Africa where he worked as a civil servant in the customs service.
The second metaphor is "out of the night that covers me," which is employed in the opening sentence. In this context, darkness reflects the poet's difficult experiences and tribulations. In the third stanza, the third metaphor appears: "looms but the dread of the shade." Shade in this context refers to an unknown future or anticipated obstacles. The poet does not know what kind of life he will have after his father's death, so he tries to prepare himself by imagining the worst-case scenario.
Pit or grave is a common image for symbolizing doom or destruction. It also has religious overtones because graves are places where people rest from their labors and activities on earth. So, the expression "pit of hell" may help you understand why it was necessary for Christ to suffer in order to save human beings.
Night is another common image for representing darkness or ignorance. It also has religious overtones because night is when God sees most clearly how we need Him. Without His light, we would be lost forever.
So, these three images or metaphors are used together to tell us that the poet's life has entered into a dark period with no hope of improvement.
A shadow (Greek skia, Latin umbra) is the spirit or ghost of a deceased person who lives in the underworld in literature and poetry. "shadow of death," "death-shadow" (an alternate term for Sheol).
In religion, shadows are believed to have physical effects in the world of mortals, for example when a shadow falls on a wall, it will trace out a figure of eight. The ancient Greeks believed that ghosts could influence the living by taking various forms - as shadows.
Ghosts can take many shapes but they usually take on the form of a shadowy image. This may be because spirits are energy and energy cannot be seen, only felt through other means such as sound or touch. However, it is also believed that humans perceive ghosts as images because this is how we understand reality. Without our senses, without material objects around us, there would be no way for us to know anything about the world.
So because ghosts are perceived as images, they take on the shape of those images. It is important to remember that although ghosts appear as images, they are not actually using their own willpower to take on these shapes. They are simply following what they believe to be their future path in life.
It is also worth mentioning that not everyone who has died remains a constant presence in the world of the living.
The tone is solemn. The poet recognizes that this fear of death is shared by all those who snuggle close in the dark. In every family, county, and country there are horrors known only to man. This fact is acknowledged in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," which was written many years after "The Egg."
The last line also serves as a reminder that while these horrors may be common, they are not universal: "Nor doth all doom fall on my head." Only certain people will experience these things - the ancient mariner was not responsible for all sea disasters - and even he was spared some of his torment by being cast onto a remote island.
Thus "The Egg" has a very serious tone with elements of sadness and loneliness throughout. It's a good example of a lyrical poem where imagery is used to tell us something about the human condition.
The allegorical interpretation is found in the very final line. In this context, "sleep" might allude to death. And "promises" might allude to our responsibilities. The poem appears to depict a snow-covered woods and narrates the story of a guy who wished to appreciate the beauty of the woods but was unable to do so for long. Eventually, he fell asleep in the cold, damp grass. When he woke up, the sun was out, the birds were singing, and the flowers were blooming brightly. He felt like thanking God for his happiness but then remembered about his obligations and felt guilty for sleeping during prayer time. However, God had forgiven him for it because of his young age and told him not to worry about past sins but to focus on future ones.
Here, we can see that beauty surrounds us but only for a short while. Soon, it will disappear if we don't take action. So, the lesson here is that even though we should enjoy life to the fullest, we need to keep in mind that time is fleeting and must be spent wisely.
What is the connection between worldly love and everlasting life suggested by the lines? In lines 1-6 of "Upon the Burning of Our House," how does the poet utilize contrast to communicate fear? She contrasts calm and quiet evenings with shrieks of "Fire!" She awakens in the middle of the night to the sound of screams. The fire has spread throughout most of the house, and everyone else is asleep when she wakes up. Love is compared to a burning house because it can burn you with its sudden intensity and unexpected nature. Just like a fire, love cannot be controlled or predicted. It can burn slowly at first until it reaches its peak before declining. Similarly, the couple's love grew over time until it ended tragically after only three years.
Love is said to be eternal because it lasts forever or in other words, it never ends. However, in order for this statement to make sense, we must understand that human love isn't capable of lasting forever. Humans are imperfect creatures who will one day face death. Since love doesn't last forever, then it makes sense that it must be immortal since there will be another tomorrow. Love is compared to life because both concepts are irreplaceable and cannot be replaced by anything else. Life goes on whether you are alive or not, and love continues even if the two people involved are separated from each other.
In lines 7-12, the poet uses more contrast to suggest that earthly love is not real love.