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Comment 5 of 13, added on January 20th, 2009 at 7:57 PM.

The comments posted on this poem are valid but miss the irony and deeper
poignancy of the poem. "More Light! More Light!" are supposed the last
words uttered by Goethe on his deathbed. The reference to the "light from
the shrine at Weimar" identifies the scene at Buchenwald, which was one of
the infamous WWII concentration camps nearby. Goethe was also nicknamed
"the light of Weimar." The poem turns on the irony of how far Germans had
fallen from the ideals of one of their most important literary and
humanitarian "lights," and how brutality can put out the light in the eye
of the most well intentioned men.

Chris Antonides from United States
Comment 4 of 13, added on March 9th, 2008 at 5:16 AM.

The first three stanzas telll us of man's cruelty toward man in tiem when
man was religious but the last stanzas of the poem tells of his cruelty
toward others When God Is Dead.
Man needs a new philosophy to guide him and to save him so the poet asks
for more light.
In the first stanza the fire that was once a holy thing, and is still holy
in some religions, is the source of pain rather than the source of warmth
and life. Once Prometheus robbed from the gods and brought it back to man
and was punished for doing so, but during the middle ages man used it to
take life's back. What is above all shocking is that the man is tortured
under the name of saviour.

Sima from Iran

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Poet: Anthony Hecht
Poem: More Light! More Light!
Added: Feb 20 2003
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