Lights Outs Notes




Explanation lines 1-6:

Reference: These lines have been taken from the poem ‘Lights Out’ written by Edward Thomas:

Context: The poet describes the power of sleep over us in different ways as we lose ourselves in the frost of sleep at night. Everybody has to taste the pleasure of sleep. All human activities lose their charm before sleep. Sleep provides everybody relief from the struggle and hardship of life.

Explanation:

The poet emphasizes the power of sleep coming to “the border of sleep” all human life. We cannot resist against its power at night. The depth of sleep is also immeasurable like the depth of sea. The poet says that under the powerful influence of sleep that is too deep to measure, like dense forest full of twisting, winding and straight ways but also brink less. He has to go through this dense, unfathomable forest of sleep and has no any choice but to face. Sleeps dominates man’s life sooner or later.

Explanation lines 7-12:

Reference: The same as above:

Context: The same as above:

Explanation:

In 2nd stanza, the poet also stresses the importance of sleep. He says that people go to different road tracks travel to their destinations. They go for their business or affairs. They deceive themselves in day work feel pleasure. During the day time they involve in their routine work beguiled by their various activities, but when they reach the brink of the dense forest of sleep, they lose their ways. They even lose senses and become helpless in the hands of sleep.

Explanation lines 13-18:

Reference: The same as above:

Context: The same as above:

 

 

Explanation:

When a person sleeps, he forgets everything about his life. His ambition and desire ends. He forgets his joys, sorrows, bitterness and pleasures, his sweet memories of life and troubles of life. He feels sleep most sweet things from all his others elements of life. Sleeps becomes more beautiful and comfortable thing of his life. The poet no doubt finds himself in a feeling less and thoughtless world when he is sleeping.




Explanation lines 19-24:

Reference: The same as above:

Context: The same as above:

Explanation:

In this stanza the poet diverts our attention to the all-important condition of sleep that we must be at point of time. When sleeps attacks a person, he can not even read the most interesting book. During sleep the face of dear friends and relatives disappear from memory. The poet presents sleep as a vast unknown or unexplored territory that a person enters all alone. Even lovers stay together enters sleep separately, all alone like people dying singly. The poet wishes to leave hold of every thing while going to sleep.  The last lines give a personal touch, “I must enter, and leave, alone.”

Explanation lines 25-30:

Reference: The same as above:

Context: The same as above:

Explanation:

Sleep is like the physical forest in which we get lost as soon as we enter. A forest has tall trees with uncountable leaves sticking together. The tall trees of forest stand like lofty towers and the leaves of trees look like clouds. There is greenery and greenery everywhere. The poet feels as if the layers of sleep are falling upon him. The dim light looks frightening. We cannot think or plan independently and find ourselves helpless like travelers in the forest. We move away from noises, worries, problems and confusions of society when we enter in a forest. We do get comforted and relieved physically and psychologically. The poet is very thankful to god for bestowing sleep on him as well as us.



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