Thursday, January 21, 2010

Question about "The Waterfall"

As I was reading "The Waterfall" by Henry Vaughn, I had a couple questions about the third stanza. We discussed in class that the speaker is describing the process of life and death and the structure of the poem mimicks a waterfall. In the third stanza, he talks about sublime truths and wholesome themes but I couldn't understand what he meant? Is he talking about the truths and themes of life and death? I think he is saying they are out of our reach until the Spirit leads our mind to them. I just can completely understand the details of these ideas.

1 comment:

  1. When I read that line, I thought Vaughn was commenting on the innumerable themes that water plays in literature, religion, philosophy, etc. The next line explores one of those themes: the waves disappearing on the bank of the shores reminds him of human life.