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Dying Firefly Epiphany Amid the gloom of night Stars dancing in the sky Away from all anthro-life Not a word is heard tonight Pleading are insects to be heard As if in pain of their existence Diverging cries, soon to be beyond Then silence, when it happened As my bulb struggles to ignite, Above the senile grass on granite Echoing are the trees, stars and moon And thoughts collecting from abyss Alas! Thing inexplicable as life What a gift it proves to be Gracious world! As all unknown Clinging to life, under this tapestry Beauty of our universe, creatures of all kinds Orchestrating around me, divinity of earth! Blessed with life, heart, and eyes Destined beyond, I am bound to feel
This poem aims to depict the glaring yet faltering mind of a dying firefly that, despite only having lived for about a week, realized in the beauty of the time he had got to spend in “life” here on earth. The poem is the expository of his own inner musings of thoughts and experience during his short “prime minutes”. While he was up and well he did not even bother to think about his continuous living in the continuum of time but at the end, he appreciates its beauty and eventually comes to terms with imminent death. As such, this shows Camus’s theme of life “being absurd” and while life can be “meaningless” compared to our universe, the best approach to life is to “enjoy every moment” because in the last stanza of this poem despite the imminent death the dying firefly appreciates the tapestry of stars dancing and twinkling in the sky in what he initially termed “gloom of night”. The last sentence “I am bound to feel” is a notion of transcendence of his spirit to realm beyond this world, and change of tone shows how one’s perspective on life can make drastic effect on what it really is. Throughout this poem, I’ve included this underlying theme of “Life is absurd”, and “meaninglessness” to show how one’s view can change even the saddest moments of life and thereby encourage others to do the same, just like this firefly.
Is this like an essay assignment ?
it's a creative assignment where I make a poem and write an analysis
Yes its a nice poem.
And great analysis!