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William Stafford’s "Traveling Through the Dark" is beautifully written poem that expresses one of life’s most challenging aspects. It is the story of a man’s solitary struggle to deal with a tragic event that he encounters.
Driving down a narrow mountain road, “Traveling Through the Dark,” the narrator of the poem encounters a deer. This line might fool the reader into believing the poem has a happy theme; after all, a deer is a beautiful creature that most people associate with nature or freedom. The first word of the second line, however, reverses this belief. The deer is actually “dead on the edge of the Wilson River Road.” The traveler decides to send the deer over the edge of the canyon, because “to swerve might make more dead.” This line indicates that if he fails or “swerves” in his decision, the deer could cause an accident on the narrow road that might cost more lives.
The narrator armed with this purpose, proceeds with his unfo...
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