The Sunrise in Poetry
"Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love and then for as second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire."-- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Fire and Love
In Greek mythology, Prometheus took fire from Zeus and gave it to the humans. "Fire" is often used to symbolize love or the bond between people. Poets have written about the sun or the heat from the sun as symbolizing love and healing. Different poets use the sunrise to mean different things. However, it is usually attributed and tied to love between people. It is not always romantic love. It can be brotherly love, familial love, or the love between friends. However, writers usually write about the fire and heat that comes from the sun as being some kind of nurturing love.
"Nature's First Green is Gold"
The book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton struck such a cord with people in large part due to the fact that it was about the love between brothers and friends who shared a mutual bond because they were oppressed. The poem, "Nature's First Green is Gold" by Robert Frost was popularized by the book because in the book Johnny used the last line of the poem to tell Poneyboy to "stay gold". The poem was about the sunrise representing youth and innocence.
"Sunrise on the Hills"
The poem by Longfellow was interpreted to be about the healing power of nature. Longfellow makes an analogy between the sun a knight and nature the romantic love of the knight or the princess. It holds on to the idea that when you are full of sorrow or worn down by life nature will lift you mood and have a healing effect. It is proposing that the sun and nature symbolizes love.
"Distance From the Sun"
The poem "Distance From the Sun" by Megan Fricke, a modern poet, is about the same concept as the other two poems. It appears to be about the healing nature of the sun and it being a life force. The poem has religious concepts in it which is different from the other two poems that were written prior to this one. However, the theme of the sun as being a healing source of life and love is still there as it was with the other two poems written decades before. There appears to be a life and death theme or the theme of the passage of time with this poem which is the same to some extent with Robert Frost but now with Longfellow. The sunrise represents a beginning or youth and the sunset death. Yet, there is also the theme that the sun is a healing force which is what was revealed with the poem written by Longfellow.
Distance From the Sun by Megan Fricke
"I was plunged into the water down here on Earth
Like the first breath I took right after birth.
The clouds can come and pour down rain
Hitting me where it hurts where it causes pain.
Job went through the same trials of present day man
Treated with disdain and cruelty by men because they can.
I can forget that beyond the clouds there lay the sun
Burning so brightly a sign for everyone.
It heats Mother Earth from which we came.
The rain may pour now but it will not stay the same.
The seasons change and so does the sun.
Soon the Moon will be out where the starts will have fun.
Each flower is given soil, sun, and water.
And those that do not make it do not falter.
They return to Earth fertilizing the soil.
The sun warms it because God is so loyal.
The sun rises with its golden hues
Making everything bright and new.
The green becomes golden and warm.
And new life on Earth will grow and form.
The sun shines down on me while I am praying
And warms in green pastures where I am laying.
The air that we breathe is breathed by everyone.
And despite race and war it is all still warmed by the same golden sun.
People are hard at work waiting for the End.
A message from God, Oh Angel please send.
Children are crying, learning, and playing.
And the day goes on so I keep saying.
Some are caught in catastrophe and rain,
All the worries and anxieties that cause us pain.
Some are caught in the sun's golden ray,
Caught in God's promise so the Bible will say.
Rejoice in your pain as well as your sorrows.
The sun will rise again always a tomorrow.
Until the sun goes down the last day of your life.
There will be no more tears, no more hardships, and no more strife.
The sun slowly sinks to the other side of the Earth.
And you will return to where your life led you starting at your birth."
In conclusion, these three poems were written in different time periods yet still share the same common theme. They all three mention the sun as a source of love, healing, and a life force for which humans draw strength from. It is symbolic of love or the bonds between people which are often mysterious and hard to define. All three poems explore the concept of love and the healing power of nature.
Which poem is your favorite?
© 2017 Ezria Copper