Essay about Traveling through the Dark

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"Traveling Through the Dark" by William Stafford was published in 1962. This poem has no consistent line length; there is also no specific rhyme scheme. One characteristic I found in this poem is the similarity between some of the words. Some of the words have the same sounds such as lines five and seven: "By glow of the tail-light I stumbled back of the car.../she had stiffened already, almost cold" (Stafford 155), the words "car" and "cold" both have the C sound. I have found the same similarity between sounds in other lines also. "Traveling Through the Dark" is about a man's hesitation to give life to a fawn. This man swerves on the road when he spots a dead deer that is basically lying in the middle of the road. The man gets out…show more content…
The speaker is confused on whether he should save the fawn or not, but saving the fawn would mean he would have to open the doe right then and there, but what would he do next? The speaker's tone is confused. The speaker wants the wilderness to give him a sign about what he should do; here he is personifying the wilderness as a living entity. The wilderness does not give the speaker a sign, and here he finds himself in the dark, literally he is in the dark because it is night time, but metaphorically he is in the darkness of uncertainty between knowing what the right choice is and what the wrong choice is. If he saves the fawn, the fawn will never have the chance to be what it is really supposed to be. Instead of being brought up in the wilderness, it will be brought up as a pet. The speaker knows that animals need freedom and if you are born free than you take the risk of dying, that is what happened to the doe. When the speaker says "Beside that mountain road I hesitated", the poem turns, and the audience starts to hesitate along with the reader. We hesitate because the poem gives some symbolic meanings that make us think. Someone's "predatory" car has killed this doe, and then the speaker talks about the description of the car, the audience starts to see images: "The car aimed ahead its lowered parking lights; / under the hood purred the steady
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