When The World Shall Come To Its End

When the world shall come to its end
On the world's last Love I'll stand.
O God will try to push me down but I
With all my force will push Him back.

He shall not be able to put out Love at all.
O I'll guard it, guard it, guard it!
And the world cannot die with Love glowing, burning,
O the world cannot die out at all.

Doomsday will be shattered, shattered!
Shattered by my standing there:
God will see whom He is contending with
And, O, He'll revolve the world again.

(Published in Have Come Am Here 1942)

by Jose Garcia Villa

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Four simple couplets that capture with devastating precision our mortality.
'There's a certain Slant of light' can also be read mythically through the ancient tradition of the nekyia, the underworld journey. But since Odysseus, Aeneas, and Dante all return with a knowledge that ultimately permits them to complete their human and/or spiritual quests, the question arising about Dickinson's poem is: what knowledge is brought back as a result of the 'descent'? The knowledge is not entirely a morbid one since it has resulted in a meeting with the 'internal difference, / Where the Meanings, are-' and the further knowledge that 'None may teach it, ' and that 'When it comes the Landscape listens.' The knowledge implies a depth difficult to be prepared for, especially since the closure of the poem evokes the idea that 'Death' has a face, and the speaker has seen it. From 'Her Reduceless Mine, ' an Ameroot Broadside Essay (1995) . dorenrobbins.com