These phrases are metaphorical since Frost is not suggesting that he is strolling through a region of darkness generated by the trees and shadow; the darkness is a metaphor for the more primitive, savage side of our human nature that would need a wall between neighbors. Yet the imagery does suggest that humanity is not as enlightened as we might hope and that there is something dark and destructive in all us that needs constant vigilance to overcome.
Frost was a popular poet during the Great Depression. These poems were written several years before that crisis hit but they still speak to our current day concerns about unemployment, poverty, violence, and other issues surrounding life in America.
Here is another poem from that same collection called "Mending Wall". This one also talks about the darkness within us all but this time it is the darkness between people that needs mending:
"The darkness must fill up its hours/Even if we do not look toward night,/It still will come, for it is night when it comes."
Again, these are just some of the many poems by Frost that talk about the darkness within us and how we can overcome it.
Thus, the neighbor "moves in darkness" (line 41), most likely in ignorance's gloom. We know the "darkness" is figurative since the speaker states it is not just of the woods or "of the shade of trees" (line 42).
Here again we have the theme of darkness and light which appears many times in this poem. The darkness represents ignorance and cruelty while the light stands for knowledge and compassion. As Paul Carroll has pointed out, the speaker of this poem uses darkness to describe his neighbors' actions too often to simply call them "ignorant." They must be doing something wrong or cruel. It is up to us, the listeners/readers, to figure out what it is they are doing.
Another example can be found in lines 60-62 where the speaker says that the night birds are happier now that its dark. Again, this shows that darkness is used here metaphorically rather than literally. The birds are happy because they know who is caring for their home now that its owner has moved away.
In conclusion, "darkness" in Mending Wall means ignorance and cruelty. It is used here to describe what happens when our neighbors move out of their homes. They become unhappy and go looking for someone else to care for their property.
Darkness is transformed into a symbol of wrath, dread, and the force of evil. Marlow begins his journey assuming that these components reside in the forest, then among the indigenous, and eventually realizes that darkness dwells within the hearts of all men, including himself.
The concept of darkness in Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness has been interpreted by many scholars as an allegory for racism. In this interpretation, "darkness" represents white supremacy and "the light" black equality. This reading has been supported by references to slavery in the story and statements made by Conrad regarding his intentions with it.
Conrad wrote Heart of Darkness because he wanted to explore ideas surrounding responsibility and guilt. He also wanted to examine how people react to violence and death. Through these themes, he believed he could create a work of fiction that would appeal to readers' emotions rather than simply entertain them.
In the beginning of the story, Marlow assumes that the dark forest surrounding Kurtz indicates that he is far from civilization. However, as he journeys into the heart of the forest, discovers that it is cut off from civilization by more civilized lands, and meets members of the indigenous community, he changes his mind about where Kurtz is located. At the end of the story, after witnessing several acts of violence, Marlow realizes that even though Kurtz is dead, the darkness still lives within his former assistant's heart.
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 that will try to kill him if he isn't careful.
In the Middle Ages, people believed that certain places were haunted by evil spirits. These places included abandoned castles, lonely forests, and even mountainsides. People also feared witchcraft. If a person was accused of being a witch, they would be put to death by having their body burned alive.
People used to think that when you died your soul went down to hell to fight Satan for your place in heaven. However, thanks to Jesus Christ, there is no longer any need to fear hell or suffer from sin. Through His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus won salvation for all who believe. Therefore, there is nothing to stop anyone from entering Heaven by using Christ's example of love and forgiveness.
Hell is a real place, located beneath Jerusalem's Old City. It is described as a frozen wasteland with fire and brimstone everywhere.
It also represents the protagonists' departure from civilisation. The dense vegetation on its margins, as well as the fog the protagonists face on the river, assist to depict the deepening gloom as they approach Kurtz. This contributes to the novel's general tone of gloom.
Furthermore, the river is associated with blood. This is evident from the title of the story, which comes from a line in John Donne's "Epistle to the Reader": "No man is an island, entire of itself." This means that no person is alone; we are all connected to each other, and our individual lives are reliant upon the lives of others. Heart of Darkness shows us that when one human being suffers, all others do too, and this includes the terrible fate that befalls Kurtz.
Finally, the river serves as a barrier between civilization and chaos. Although Kurtz was born into a wealthy family, he became obsessed with power and greed, leading him into darkness. At the end of the story, he is destroyed by his own actions - he loses everything that matters to him, including his life. This tragedy illustrates that there is no escape from the corruption within society - even the most powerful people can be ruined if they go too far - and that humanity must be prepared to face this fact.
These are just some of the many ways in which Heart of Darkness can be interpreted.