Paper: A Literary Analysis of Traveling Through the Dark by William Stafford

Traveling through the dark By: William Stafford William Stafford s poem Traveling through the dark is very psychological poem. The premise is that even though one thinks it will not happen to them, it can. In the poem it talks about it as being one hitting a deer. If one looks closer, one sees the emotion in that it could be anything. | thought hard for us all - my only swerving -, / then pushed her over the edge into the river. This poem uses the deer incident to symbolically, showing it as something that could happen to anyone. Making one think about this is what this poem does. It shows one the ignorance they might have and that they should pay attention to it. If not for that then it is intriguing and thoughtful. This poem is on the verge of complex but is still simple. It has 5 verses and 18 lines without any specific rhyme pattern. Stafford wrote My fingers touching her side brought me the reason - / her side was warm; her fawn lay there waiting, / alive, still, never to be born. Some may take this as a symbol for things they have or want that die for no reason. Others may just see it as a sad thing that could have been stopped. It is not specified on what we are supposed to think. Stafford surrenders that to the readers. The theme of this particular piece is that everyone has ignorance (ex. it will never happen to me ) in their life. One can not sit and wait fir something to happen when one will not expect it. One must pay attention and take charge of their life. In this poem the person found the deer and did what he had to do. With this realization people will not be destroyed as easily with violence and hatred. William Stafford does a glorious job of showing what he means in this up front 18 lined poem. The beginning of the poem brings people in, Traveling through the dark | found a deer. Readers would want to know more about the poem. Why was the man traveling through the dark and what happened after he found the deer. Although this poem is simple yet complex the language is understandable and simply simple. Stafford's point is clear if only by the person who is reading the piece and seeing it. William Stafford s poem Traveling through the dark is a simple complex poem with a message that can be seen but will not always be seen. The world is filled with ignorance(2nd ex. people believing and doing everything they are told without thinking for themselves. ) and people should come to realize it. Stafford does not say whether all will realize it or that even some will. It gives people an example of what one will do for others, pushing ignorance aside, whether it be a person or an animal. It may help others make a realization of ignorance and also show them what good can come of helping someone or something else for the right reasons. ...