Journeys Essay with Robert Gray Poetry and Related Material

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Question: “Journeys allow travelers to reflect on their own experiences because of new knowledge gained and greater insight into themselves and the world around them.” How do composers explore this aspect of journeys? Essay Answer: It is presumed that journeys are uplifting experiences, with the implication that new knowledge and greater insight allow travelers to gain wisdom and solidify a coherent view of the world. Yet, experiences through journeys can result in new knowledge clashing with preconceived beliefs, potentially disabling the traveler’s epistemology. Furthermore, a traveler cannot ignore this conflicting knowledge and return to his prior self at the conclusion of his journey. These themes are explored in Robert Gray’s poems…show more content…
The traveller embarks on a journey, backwards in time that demonstrates that the past is a more civil place than the future. Similarly to the traveller in Flames and Dangling Wire, the journeyer in Gardens of the Night sees that the future can be a destructive place, going against the idea that the world will continue to advance to a better society. The extended sentences mirror the surreal qualities of Coral City, as compared to “the regimes, and the rules and the regulations of government and state” which his present civilisation is constricted by. These features of present time are listed with conjunctions, separating the prominent issues, rather than creating fluidity with the use of commas. On his travels, the traveller has to “put on my disguise” to cover the truths that have polluted the present time. From this, it can be drawn that the traveler is ashamed of his origins, and has to wear a disguise free of lies and destruction. Because of exposure to a civilisation that seems above human nature, the more developed time of disputes and mass destruction is an unsatisfactory and incongruous depiction of how the world should operate. The traveller accepts this, although he has to cope with the disillusionment of returning to the “guardianship of institutions” that plague the future world. Gardens of the Night has points of high modality, emphasising the scope of damage present in the future. For instance, the traveller acknowledges that

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