Jane Kenyon Let Evening Come Summary

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Judith Harris proposes that Jane Kenyon’s poem “Let Evening Come" is a motion of light which is a “balance of upward, downward, rising and falling” (Harris, J. 2004) movement. Harris interprets this poem using sunlight as an indirect influence and an antecede need for beauty which is influenced by Kenyon’s faith. Darkness is a form of uncertainty and is unpredictable. When darkness comes it metamorphosis our spirits and souls into something “yet to be named.” Harris points out the reiteration of the word “Let” and argues that “Let” is a representation of leaving things unfinished or incomplete. Conveying the acceptance of the inescapable future. Harris points out faith sustains body and soul; the body obtains the soul as the soul is uninhabited
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