I was in the darkness;
I could not see my words
Nor the wishes of my heart.
Then suddenly there was a great light —

“Let me into the darkness again.”

Analysis, meaning and summary of Stephen Crane's poem I was in the darkness


  1. Peter C. Langella says:

    Man realizes his moral depravity when he has true knowledge of himself. “Know thyself,” said the Greeks, but look what happened to Oedipus.

  2. Marcy Lela says:

    It is so much easier to be blind to our lives; our obligations, our weaknesses, our failures, fears of the past coming back to haunt us, fears of the future not living up to our dreams, fear to act. It is easier to live in darkness, embracing ignorance

  3. Mrs.Chris Brown says:

    This is one of the best poems that stephen has written and I like it. very powerful.

  4. yolanda says:

    This reminds me of a boyfriend who just broke up with me for the second time. I am ready for the light.

  5. cody says:

    so much is true. when are able to see in light what we speak of or wish for, it all seems wrong. turn the light off so it all seems right again. if only in my head.

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