Nordic Winter Poem Analysis

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Nordic regions are renowned for their extraordinary geographical locations. Tranströmer’s birthplace is divided into two geographic domains; Northern and southern Sweden. As northern Sweden is within the Arctic Circle, it consists of long, cold winters. Subsequently, much of Sweden also stays dark for longer periods during the winter, along with longer lighter periods during the summer from the same reason. The subject of winter imagery is constantly apparent throughout Transtromer’s poetry. The severe cold of blizzards and their penetrating imprint on human life are present in many of Transtromer’s works. One of the dominant aspects that can be found in his poetry, are these recurring themes of harsh Nordic winter, filled with elements of cold weather, snow, and dark, grim environments. Through both ‘Six Winters’ and ‘A Winter…show more content…
“child”, “moonlight”, “floating”, “smiles” - giving emphasis on the side of humanity and life, a warm physicality. Yet in comparison, “dead”, “petrified”, “war-winter”, “sick” - emphasising the opposite, warmth’s contrast, winter and cold. The dexterity and vitality of life becomes more sharp, intense and vivid as it is thrown against these dark, long winters. However, Transtromer’s poetry of paradoxes then leads to shift focus to a more spiritual feeling. He ends his poem with an optimism imbued with a transcendental feeling: “Tonight show-haze, moonlight. Moonlight’s Jellyfish itself is floating before us. Our smiles on the way home. Enchanted avenue” . The final winter contrasts the tone of the past greatly. Suggesting a detached period with a much stronger sense of warmth over the cold harsh descriptions from the other winters. "Snow-haze" and "moonlight" give much more joyous and romantic imagery, contrasting the earlier surreal-like nightmare and Gothic style, showcasing another application Transtromer has produced from these Nordic
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