Analysis Of ' I Wake And '

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I Wake and Feel is a sonnet written by Gerard Hopkins that expresses a problem or situation for a Christian speaker and presents a conclusion or solution. I will show you my own understanding and explanation of the poem. Right as the poem starts, it gives the readers a sense of darkness and that the speaker has been in a dark period all of his life. During the poem, we see that the speaker’s life has been made up of wasted time (black hours), loneliness, and countless cries. During that time, the speaker eventually comes to the reason that he has been waiting so long and going through all of this alone; it is because he has been separated from God this entire time. In the poem, the speaker addresses many times that he has been…show more content…
The speaker must have seen terrible things that night, and he has awakened in great mental distress. So, he will continue to suffer even more because he cannot go back to sleep; however, he must wait and have gloomy thoughts and images in his mind through the remaining hours of darkness before the light of dawn finally comes. One thing that is necessary to human nature is time. Looking at a mean of someone’s life, having time gives you the chance to make a change and be something. Whether that change is small or it redefines your life, getting that time is priceless and once time passes, it can never come back. The poet places this idea of wasted time (black hours) after the speaker has woken up in the night. Time has passed for the speaker and now he will never get that time back; so, he feels that it has been wasted. “And more must, in yet longer light’s delay” (4). ‘Delay’ is not merely the rhyme for ‘day’: it is stretching it out, a delaying act. The speaker wakes up and finds he cannot get back to sleep, he is doomed to lie awake, in the ‘black hours’ (black because it is literally night, but also because of the speaker’s depression). “With witness I speak this” (5) means he has experienced it himself, witnessed it firsthand. Now he tells us that when he says, “O what black hours we have spent / This night!,” what the speaker means by hours is really years — years of horrible, lonely, dark depression. It seems to
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