Childe Roland, the poem's only speaker, chronicles his trip to "the Dark Tower" and his terror at what he sees along the way. Childe Roland does not identify himself as the speaker until near the end of the poem.
Roland's journey takes him through many dark places, but he survives it all because "he was born in a night where equinoctial storms did stop / So that the moon could show her light on me." This lines refers to when Roland was born on a night when two great storms stopped over England; one caused by King William's death and the other due to the fact that Edward the Confessor had granted peace negotiations with France. When both storms ended, they left England in a state of peace, which allowed for Roland to be born healthy. Thus he was "born in a night where equinoctial storms did stop".
This shows that even though he was in danger often, he kept going because he knew that someday he would reach his goal - the Dark Tower. When Roland reaches the tower, he finds out that it is actually a mountain range full of dangerous creatures such as lions, wolves, and goblins.
Countee Cullen included "From the Dark Tower" in his second book of poetry, Copper Sun, in 1927. The poem is a sonnet on racism's inequities, as the speaker observes that white people deny black people of the rewards of their labor. While most blacks remain in slavery-like conditions, some have achieved wealth and status. This sonnet was particularly important because it was one of the first poems published by a black American poet.
Copper Sun was an influential collection that helped establish Countee as a leading voice in modernist poetry. The fact that "From the Dark Tower" appeared in such a book makes it even more significant today. Modernism and black poetry were often seen as contradictory terms, but Countee proved them wrong by showing how well they could be combined. He showed that black poets could deal with abstract concepts with confidence and that modernists did not have to exclude the human experience in order to focus on what they considered to be important topics for art.
As part of its commitment to publish great books by new writers, including African Americans, Copper Sun has come out with a new edition in 2014. This new version includes an introduction by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and notes from scholars who study Countee's work regularly. It also includes an appendix with additional materials about him written by fellow poets and critics.
Stephen King is a fictional character that appears in The Dark Tower Series. He can access Gan's soul and compose novels set in Roland Deschain's universe.
He first appeared in The Dark Tower (1982), written by Peter Straub under the name Richard Bachman. The novel was later identified as being part of a series based on the work of American writer Stephen King. The series has been widely praised by critics, with many calling it one of the best works of fiction ever written.
King's other works included in the series are The Eyes of the Dragon (1983), which takes place between The Dark Tower and Wizard and Glass (1998); Hearts in Atlantis (1992); and The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (1996). There are also four short stories that do not fit into this sequence but are set in the same world: "The Little Sisters", "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption", "The Breathing Method", and "A Good Marriage".
He returned for two more sequels, Wizard and Glass and The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (2012).
As well as writing, King also serves as an editor for several of his own books as well as others.