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Journey Into The Interior - Poem by Theodore Roethke

In the long journey out of the self,
There are many detours, washed-out interrupted raw places
Where the shale slides dangerously
And the back wheels hang almost over the edge
At the sudden veering, the moment of turning.
Better to hug close, wary of rubble and falling stones.
The arroyo cracking the road, the wind-bitten buttes, the canyons,
Creeks swollen in midsummer from the flash-flood roaring into the narrow valley.
Reeds beaten flat by wind and rain,
Grey from the long winter, burnt at the base in late summer.
-- Or the path narrowing,
Winding upward toward the stream with its sharp stones,
The upland of alder and birchtrees,
Through the swamp alive with quicksand,
The way blocked at last by a fallen fir-tree,
The thickets darkening,
The ravines ugly.


Comments about Journey Into The Interior by Theodore Roethke

  • Gold Star - 366,190 Points Edward Kofi Louis (7/11/2017 1:31:00 PM)

    The long journey! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 15,699 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (7/11/2017 8:02:00 AM)

    And the back wheels hang almost over the edge
    At the sudden veering, the moment of turning........................................... Terrible imagery but metaphor is unique. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,228 Points Lantz Pierre (7/11/2017 2:59:00 AM)

    There are a lot of well-worked-out images in this poem, touching on all the senses. It is visual and muscular and tactile and also very emotional for adroit choices and positioning. It is a visceral poem that goes to the gut, the gut we often refer to as basis to our instincts. And still I'm left feeling, in my head, my thoughts, that I don't fully comprehend the journey that's started in the first line. Out of the self. The movement out of the self is one the implies rejection and repudiation, an attempt to escape what is ultimately inescapable. We can change and evolve, seek therapy or anesthetize ourselves with intoxicants, but we remain ourselves, no one else. But Roethke already foresaw that contradiction in the title. He front-loaded the abstract, intellectual argument of the poem in the title and first line, then took us on a wild ride through the real world where we forget that heady stuff and deal with the real journey. It's a really risky stratagem of balance that, for me at least, gives the poem its ultimate impact. The need at the end to circle around and realize that journey, where ever it takes you, in or out, ultimately always leads back to the self. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 28,346 Points Seamus O' Brian (7/11/2017 11:38:00 AM)

    It is obvious that you invest time and careful thought into both your reading and your commentary of works posted on this site. I would like to thank you and express that your insights are valued additions to this forum.
    All the best
    S

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Poems About Journey

  1. 1. Journey Into The Interior , Theodore Roethke
  2. 2. Night Journey , Theodore Roethke
  3. 3. On A Journey , Hermann Hesse
  4. 4. A Lover's Journey , Rudyard Kipling
  5. 5. Journey Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  6. 6. Hard Is The Journey , Li Po
  7. 7. Sonnet 50: How Heavy Do I Journey On The.. , William Shakespeare
  8. 8. The Journey , Rabindranath Tagore
  9. 9. A Journey Without Destiny , Sulaiman Mohd Yusof
  10. 10. Journey , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  11. 11. Journey , Liz Munro
  12. 12. The Night Journey , Rupert Brooke
  13. 13. The Journey Of A Poem Compared To All Th.. , Delmore Schwartz
  14. 14. The Journey Is A Picture , Sandra Fowler
  15. 15. Night Journey, The , Rupert Brooke
  16. 16. The Golden Journey To Samarkand , James Elroy Flecker
  17. 17. Jerry's Journey - Professor Rosenfeldt , Alison Cassidy
  18. 18. Winter Journey Over The Hartz Mountain , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  19. 19. The Journey , Linda Ori
  20. 20. The Journey Of Life , Sylvia Chidi
  21. 21. Our Journey Had Advanced; , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. Sir Curt's Wedding-Journey , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  23. 23. Endless Journey , Anthony Taimanglo Taitano
  24. 24. Jerry's Journey - Aboard The Diagnostic .. , Alison Cassidy
  25. 25. The Journey , James Arlington Wright
  26. 26. The Word's Journey , Dónall Dempsey
  27. 27. Jerry's Journey - Independence Is Coming , Alison Cassidy
  28. 28. Journey Of Life , Joseph T. Renaldi
  29. 29. Jerry's Journey - 'He's My Patient' , Alison Cassidy
  30. 30. Jerry's Journey - After The Angiogram , Alison Cassidy
  31. 31. A Journey Through The Moonlight , Russell Edson
  32. 32. Jerry's Journey - Beyond Intensive Care , Alison Cassidy
  33. 33. (journey Inwards Collection) .... Refle.. , Janice Windle
  34. 34. A Personal Journey , David Harris
  35. 35. A Journey Of Everything New , Gil Gregorio
  36. 36. ***from Sunset To Twillight, A Floridian.. , Debora Short
  37. 37. (updated) The U. S. Army Ranger, A Poeti.. , Reginald Walker
  38. 38. Jerry's Journey - Justin Negri , Alison Cassidy
  39. 39. Holidays' Journey* , elysabeth faslund
  40. 40. (updated) The U. S. Army Ranger, A Poeti.. , Reginald Walker
  41. 41. Jerry's Journey - Category 1 (Urgent) , Alison Cassidy
  42. 42. (journey Inwards Collection) .... Soul S.. , Janice Windle
  43. 43. The Journey Between Life And Death , Godspower Oshodin
  44. 44. Jerry's Journey - Held Up On The Tourist.. , Alison Cassidy
  45. 45. Jerry's Journey - Part Viii - A Foggy Day , Alison Cassidy
  46. 46. Teaching Is A Lifelong Journey , Jann Matthew Papin
  47. 47. .*a Heart-Lined Journey , Debora Short
  48. 48. Jerry's Journey - The Light At The End O.. , Alison Cassidy
  49. 49. Jerry's Journey - Little Steps , Alison Cassidy
  50. 50. [02] Journey , Ashraful Musaddeq
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