The Storm, Theodore Roethke

1336 Words Sep 5th, 2005 6 Pages
The descriptive poem written by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Theodore Roethke, deals with an aggressive storm and all its effects on the environment: the surrounding nature and the people experiencing it. The storm is described in a disorganized manner to highlight the big chaos the storm causes. Nature is precisely illustrated, because it reacts on the storm and thus is an important factor for the description of the storm. The people simply give an extra dimension to the poem, and the theme of men versus nature in the form of a storm.

As the title tells us, the poem is about a huge raging and destroying storm, going through a little town, ‘up Santa Lucia '. The poet has chosen for an enormous unusual vocabulary of verbs to describe the
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Furthermore, the presence of people is shown occasionally through the lines or through the description of the storm and nature. There are different lines and words that give us hints about the presence of the people living there where the storm is wandering about. ‘And the small streetlamp swinging and slamming against the lamp-pole. / Where have all the people gone? ' are the first signs, next there is: ‘one light on the mountain ', ‘a child ', ‘an alley ', ‘Santa Lucia ', ‘flat-roofed houses ', ‘The walls, the slatted windows ', ‘the last watcher ', ‘the cardplayers ' and so on. These people are the population of Santa Lucia, which might be a fictitious town, an island or a peninsula, surrounded by a wild and angry sea. And storms like the one being described in the poem, seem to take place on a frequent base in Santa Lucia. It is not a little town where a hurricane occurs every decade.
Theodore Roethke describes the hurricane in such an extremely real and believable manner, which may possibly suggest that he is an inhabitant of Santa Lucia or that the town truly is an invention and that he is part of the made up community. The unlike situation of a poet describing such a ‘usual event ' is easily explained by the reason that