To See Him Again

Never, never again?
Not on nights filled with quivering stars,
or during dawn's maiden brightness
or afternoons of sacrifice?

Or at the edge of a pale path
that encircles the farmlands,
or upon the rim of a trembling fountain,
whitened by a shimmering moon?

Or beneath the forest's
luxuriant, raveled tresses
where, calling his name,
I was overtaken by the night?
Not in the grotto that returns
the echo of my cry?

Oh no. To see him again --
it would not matter where --
in heaven's deadwater
or inside the boiling vortex,
under serene moons or in bloodless fright!

To be with him...
every springtime and winter,
united in one anguished knot
around his bloody neck!

by Gabriela Mistral

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To see him again - it would not matter where - in heaven's deadwater or inside the boiling vortex, under serene moons or in bloodless fright! Beautifully penned!
.........so sad to never see him again ★
Analysis of To See Him Again In the poem Volverlo a Ver or To See Him Again, Mistral focuses on the emotions that torment her after the loss of her lover. She uses symbols of dark and light, to accentuate the dramatic contrast between realized love and thwarted love. Mistral begins with a question. The security and hope that lingers fades with the progression of the poem. the first three stanzas of the poem consist of this questioning. However, the fourth verse marks an abrupt change. Oh, no! she exclaims. At this point, the denial of grief is over and all hope of happy union is gone. The use of light and dark parallels the idea of being together and apart from her lover. In the questioning period, Mistral uses light to add a sense of hope. Pondering if she will see him she uses the image of nights filled with trembling of stars, / or by the pure light of virginal dawns... The images of light grow fainter as hope diminishes and with the line, Never, beneath the entangled tresses of the forest / where, calling out to him, night descended on me? darkness falls upon her and the light of hope is gone. In the following line, Mistral uses the image of a cavern in which her outcry echos back to her. The cavern portrays the trapped, helpless feelings of loss. She is not only unable to access the light, symbolic of hope and of the happiness of being with her lover, but she is also tormented by the return of her own cries. The fourth stanza is one of absolute desperation. Mistral uses exclamation to express the anguished desire to see him in happiness or in hell. She wishes to see him beneath placid moons or in a livid/ horror. The poem concludes with the ultimate realization that he is gone from her life. However, Mistral portrays herself as forever connected to him in torture. In the light of springtime and the dark of winter she is with him. Like a rope that has killed him she is entwined in one anguished knot around his blood-stained kneck. She is both the cause of his death - the rope that has killed him - and tied down to his memory by an anguished knot. (from A.F. site)
ORIGINAL SPANISH TEXT: Volverlo a Ver ¿Y nunca, nunca más, ni en noches llenas de temblor de astros, ni en las alboradas vírgenes, ni en las tardes inmoladas? ¿Al margen de ningún sendero pálido, que ciñe el campo, al margen de ninguna fontana trémula, blanca de luna? ¿Bajo las trenzaduras de la selva, donde llamándolo me ha anochecido, ni en la gruta que vuelve mi alarido? ¡Oh, no! ¡Volverlo a ver, no importa dónde, en remansos de cielo o en vórtice hervidor, bajo unas lunas plácidas o en un cárdeno horror! ¡Y ser con él todas las primaveras y los inviernos, en un angustiado nudo, en torno a su cuello ensangrentado!
a good elegy poem expressing deep emotions
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