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Traveling Through The Dark

William Stafford

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Pay attention to form
Added by: Phil Hey
If you look closely, you'll see that this poem's form is only a slight modification of the English sonnet form. You don't study form so you can jump through hoops -- and nobody gets prizes for being merely correct -- but so that you can use your learning to make new poetry.
Added by: Charles Behlen
A sonnet is as much a way of thinking as it is a literary form.
Its dialectical method could lead us to identify a sestina as a sonnet, a villanelle as a sonnet.
Added by: Charles Behlen
In good old retrospect, I doubt that the villanelle would lend itself well to dialetical thought; it's too obsessive.
Added by: Dan
this poem is one of the few poems that made me depressed right when i read it.

awesome poem very emotional
Added by: Jeff
I love this poem; I don't find it depressing at all. I find it very evocative of the 40s or 50s. Before suburbia held sway in the countyside. This is one of those everyday horror stories that make up what we think of as life and inform the raging debate in our nightmares about who we are and how we fit into this life.

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