Themes in I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark


The imagery of night immediately suggests the dark night (of the soul) and the sense of God's absence that goes with it (Lamentations 3:2; Lamentations 3:6). The suffering is spiritually expressed rather than psychologically (see Carrion Comfort).


Words describing the bitterness of the experience: ‘gall', ‘heartburn', ‘Bitter', ‘taste', echo the book of Lamentations in the Bible (Lamentations 3:15; Lamentations 3:19 and thus such terms seem appropriate to Hopkins' lament also.

Investigating I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark
  • What is different in the way Hopkins describes the dark night experience here, compared to some of the other sonnets on the same theme?
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