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More Light! More Light!

Rating: 3.4

For Heinrich Blucher and Hannah Arendt
Composed in the Tower before his execution
These moving verses, and being brought at that time
Painfully to the stake, submitted, declaring thus:
"I implore my God to witness that I have made no crime."

Nor was he forsaken of courage, but the death was horrible,
The sack of gunpowder failing to ignite.
His legs were blistered sticks on which the black sap
Bubbled and burst as he howled for the Kindly Light.

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john power ben moris 30 March 2019

I have three question More Light! More Light! - Poem by Anthony Evan Hecht: 1. What is the meaning of the word oven as used in the poem? 2. What thematic statement does the poem suggest? And in what different ways is the word light used? 3. Trace all references to light or lack of light in the poem

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Judith Robinson 27 October 2008

By creating a comparison between an execution, although awful, performed in a culture that had some sense of purpose and redemption, and an execution in a completely godless, unredemptive context, World War 11 Germany, Hecht demonstrates which is the much more inhuman, desperate, cruel and beyond any hope. A masterful, bitter, brilliant poem.

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Derrick Buttress 02 May 2006

One of the greatest poems to come out of the Second World War.

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