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Comment 8 of 8, added on June 17th, 2013 at 3:10 PM.
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Comment 7 of 8, added on June 17th, 2012 at 6:25 PM.
Domination of Black

Here is what this poem says to me. All is the same. Everything abstracted
only slightly becomes like everything else. The poem distilled most simply
is this. The bright red berry of the hemlock, surrounded by its leaves
sparkling with firelight either in his room or from his room. The bright
red center of the peacocks tail feather, surrounded by a swirl of
iridescent color. The sun surrounded by a swirl of planets and stars in
the dark sky. Wallace himself, a flash of color sitting before the
brightness of the fire. All the same. So simple and sudden in his
realization. And he felt afraid.

David from United States
Comment 6 of 8, added on June 17th, 2012 at 6:25 PM.
Domination of Black

Here is what this poem is says to me. All is the same. Everything
abstracted only slightly becomes like everything else. The poem distilled
most simply is this. The bright red berry of the hemlock, surrounded by
its leaves sparkling with firelight either in his room or from his room.
The bright red center of the peacocks tail feather, surrounded by a swirl
of iridescent color. The sun surrounded by a swirl of planets and stars in
the dark sky. Wallace himself, a flash of color sitting before the
brightness of the fire. All the same. So simple and sudden in his
realization. And he felt afraid.

David from United States
Comment 5 of 8, added on January 30th, 2011 at 11:03 AM.
tittle

the tittle of poem is even very symbolic....domination of black meanz
approaching death.black symbolysis death or evil also..........

manaal from Pakistan
Comment 4 of 8, added on January 29th, 2011 at 12:49 PM.
material

i needed critical summary for this poem but could not find....how poet has
used colours to show his theem.plz help me

mano from Pakistan
Comment 3 of 8, added on January 10th, 2007 at 6:32 PM.

I believe that it shows how night turns simple things into our greatest
fears. At night a cat running by, or wind blowing through the trees can
scare us because our imagination takes flight. It is in this way that
darkness rules us..it gives strength to those fears and allows them to take
over us.

Meg from United States
Comment 2 of 8, added on February 12th, 2006 at 11:17 PM.

I don't believe this one has a clear "meaning." Perhaps it's best to think
of it more like a musical tone poem or as an abstract painting with words
rather than paint. There are some meaningful trends in the text: night is
coming on, and it is autumn, both of these have symbolic associations with
death or its approach. The poem is hypnotic in its repetitions, and builds
from leaves turning in the wind all the way to the stars turning in the
heavens. A dark mood prevails and the poet feels fear. And then there are
those haunting cries from the peacocks. This is one of my favorite poems,
even if I don't think it has a clearly definable meaning. It is an object
of beauty, to be seen simply for what it is. (see his poem the snow man).

Andy from United States
Comment 1 of 8, added on September 19th, 2005 at 12:26 PM.

i am an indian student. it is difficult poem. i cannot understand.

sunan from India

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Poet: Wallace Stevens
Poem: Domination Of Black
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Jul 27 2006


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