Comment 6 of 6, added on October 26th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 5 of 6, 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.
from United States
Comment 4 of 6, 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
Comment 3 of 6, added on March 5th, 2008 at 3:53 AM.
I thought that the idea was that hope did not help him, faith did not help
because no kind light came, and that the last stanza confirms that lack of
hope. I thought the poems title asking for light was an echo of his plea.
Comment 2 of 6, added on March 3rd, 2008 at 5:46 AM.
Even though he does not tell us whose execution it is, he gives many clues
to make inferences. Main idea is is in the last stanza :))))
Comment 1 of 6, added on May 20th, 2007 at 3:41 AM.
this poem takes two different stories as basis. both stories include
cruelty and unfair judgement of people throughout the history. hecht does
not tell us whose execution it is because there were millions of people
like him, he wants to generalize the topic.
the title of the poem was the last words uttered by Goethe before his
death. when the people executed in this poem they have pitiful dignity.
this means they have dignitiy but because of the situation it is pitiful.
also goethe had this pitiful dignity. he worked until the moment of his
death. because of this parellesism the title was chosen.