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AP lit Poem Response
“Human Condition” Response Human Condition Reading this poem at first was a challenge. The only thing I got of the poem was, a man walking around at night in thick fog attempting to find his way to some place important in which he did not know where that place was. The second time reading was much more Insightful and made me realize how a simple Idea of a man walking to an unknown place relates to me In many ways.
In the first part of the poem, Gun establishes a dark mood to enhance the idea unmans are always looking for new answers in the unknown. The speaker is walking around at an unusual time other than broad daylight in a “yard of fog” surrounding the speaker, looking for answers on what makes humans, humans. I know this because; the fog itself is something that makes visibility tough and unclear. Humans are constantly looking for answers about the unknown. In the first line In the first stanza “now It Is fog” should be read as “now It Is unclear. In relation to how fog holds the unknown and it is in a human naturally to go walk through the fog find out ore. The second stanza talks about how the street lamps project light and allows you to see. The way the speaker describes the light is critical. The street lamps express the idea that the speaker is aware of his insecurities and he is not too comfortable with his flaws. In the middle of the poem, the speaker elaborates on the topic of being aware of his flaws and knowing that It Is a mere start to Improvement.
The speaker Is aware he only has room to improve and then backs himself up with the fog being the unknown” mystery of his life in which he is very ambitious to find out answers. In the third stanza though, the speaker establishes the place human beings have acquired. The speaker says that human life is a mere “pinpoint of consciousness”. The speaker believes human life is rather small and tiny In comparison to abstract Ideas of heaven and life after death or even space and the universe Itself.
Note, the speaker Is comparing human life to something that is not an object or obtainable. Despite the authors opinion on where human life stands, he still wants to “find out the limitation/ of mind and universe”. The speaker wants to push himself to his highest ability to find out new answers about his life and place himself properly. The speaker is Just looking for himself which is a lifelong process. In the last part of the poem, fifth stanza, the speaker Is talking about breaking his span. He also mentions how he Is his own “touchstone” and how the “test Is more hard”.
The speaker saying those things leads me to believe, he is the judge of his own fife. Humans being the hardest on their selves make the task difficult because they are in constant conflict with their selves and on how they will achieve this perfect image of their self. By the sixth stanza, the speaker says “much is unknowable/ no problem shall be faced/ until the problem Is; l, born to fog, to waste, walk through that will never be completed. That walking through the fog of life leaves human life to make guesses by themselves and see the outcome, whether it be good or bad.