Revenge In Meredith’s Poem Lucifer In The Starlight

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Throughout history a lot of poets were writing poem about Lucifer and his fall from heaven, some of them in their poems alluded to him while they describe another character, some others narrated his story from bible and other holy books either to make readers familiar with the story, or to the didactic purpose. George Meredith in his poem Lucifer in the starlight exposed Lucifer in some respect, he focused on his fall and how he came to spread his “black planet” on earth (line 8). Meredith was influenced by john Milton’s paradise lost, but he shifted his focus from man’s disobedience to Lucifer’s revenge on human, and how he literally came to earth to take it over by his darkness as it has ...view middle of the document...

It is not coincidence when he used the word “pride” in (line 5), as if to illustrate the reason behind his fall from heaven. It is noteworthy that the word “the fiend” has another connotation which means Lucifer is enthusiastic to regain his position since he is tired of hell, “Restless, unfixed in principles and place; in power unpleased, impatient of disgrace” (pope line 158-159).
Lucifer was tired of “his dark dominion”(ba themaka dast pekai), this phrase has two connotations either Lucifer was tired of the authority that captured him in hell who is God, so he decided to take revenge by deceiving His followers, or he was tired of his angels whom he leads for in line 3 he mentioned the “rolling ball” was partially screened by cloud which symbolizes the sinners on earth which he alluded to them in the next line. Lucifer ordered his angels to spread darkness and tempt people to commit sin. Therefore, he “swung” overwhelmingly and awaited his follow angels to return, and inform him how they did their duty. He was looking down above the “rolling ball” which probably means earth, he realized that there are a lot of sinners on earth that hold their “spectre of repose”, this has two different meanings either the folk on earth are passive and deemed to do nothing useful, they hugged life as if they are immortal, and forgot a day will come they will die, they will be asked for their deeds on earth for God says “I created angels and humans for nothing but worshipping”, or it means that they forget they are destined to die or rest “repose”, and illustrated the transience of life while a lot of people specially “sinners” think they are eternal and life lasts for good that is why they firmly stick to their common beliefs in life, and neglect those revelations and holly books that has been granted by God to lead their life. Then the speaker describes those folk as “poor prey” for Lucifer tempt them to do devilish deeds or do what they want, when people are passive Lucifer can work on them pretty well. Furthermore, when people do what they want without any rules, the world turns to hell, chaotic and...

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