“Heart of Darkness” looks deep into the deception of an imagined outcome to the reality. Joseph Conrad created the story with unique phrases and descriptive imagery. Using the wide arranges of Conrad’s diction, powerful and meaningful poetry can be easily created. “Heart of Darkness” showed the harsh reality of life and people. Marlow’s journey became a sorrowful experience that that greatly contrasted the joy the thought he would have felt traveling. People he met also were deceitful and held their own secrets. In the poems “Escape,” “His Plans,” and the “Depth of the Forest,” I tried to capture Marlow’s journey in the poems.
Bound on other conquests.
Leading up the hill,
followed the sea,
down stony hills,
over the empty land.
The first four lines were meant to glorify the adventures of traveling. It always seems amazing when some goes off on a “conquest,” go over hills, and following the seas. I list the lines empathizing traveling to continuously add more and more dazzle to traveling. By listing it, it allows the reader to imagine it line by line and easily picture the fun in going out and exploring. Using Conrad’s descriptive lines for imagery easily gives readers a pleasant image to think about.
Human beings, hospitable and festive.
As if by enchantment
At the image of the pensive forest
We left at noon
In the first poem, I tried to make everything sound bright and enjoyable. Saying the human race are “hospitable and festive,” gives readers the thought of happy towns people welcoming travelers in. Using words like “pensive” gives a positive image of the forests and the world outside. I decided to end the first poem with a “So. Farewell,” and giving a good bye to allow the speaker of my poem to live a more rewarding life. All the positive messages are similar to how the Marlow thought of his journey. He thought of how rewarding it would be to fill in the blank spots of the map. Similarly, my poem talks about the joys of traveling to build up to the reality that will soon come.
factitious, no doubt.
nothing but black shadows,
savage or simply mean.
The second part of the poem follows the “Heart of Darkness,” in a way that suddenly, reality quickly comes in and shows that the world is not as perfect. I first took the example of an “ordinary man” and stated that he had façade. I go on deeper to show that humans are not “hospitable and festive” but “savage or simply mean.” This part ties to the secret thoughts of the manager and his thoughts on Kurtz. He stated his scorn for Kurtz just because he was able to acquire ivory at an extraordinary rate. He would even wish he would die.
Shoot you without
Save the ivory,
they fancy for it.
This part, gives the meaning of how people can be greedy and unethical. Similar to Kurtz, with greed, people can do anything to get what they want. People sometimes hurt other people in order to get what they want. Ivory is a prime example of why Kurtz chose to live the style he does. He would kill to get ivory. It is a horrible thought to think about. This part greatly contrasts to the first poem, similarly to how the first part of the story contrasts with the second part. I feel like the second poem breaks down the image of the perfect world similarly to the second part of the book.
Darkness was here yesterday.
Deal with this shadow confused.
Black shapes near the same tree.
Like the wilderness itself.
In the third part of the book, drawing up to the conclusion, there was secrets being held and kept away. I tried to give the image that people are hiding secrets and themselves by using words like “blackness,” “wilderness,” “shadow,” and “darkness.” Using the word “confused” gives the readers the hint of how information is left out and how characters in the story don’t find out every bit of information.
Having a look around,
Then stop to listen,
in this fog.
Lastly, sometimes people are left with no other choice than to live and try their best in the “fog.” I used the fog to show the difficulty to find the truth. In part 3 of the book, many things were kept a secret. I tried to tie the book in the last poem about secrets and the unknown.
Conrad’s story and diction allow the creation of the poems to be completely easily. His descriptive words allowed perfect phrases to set an image to the reader’s minds. His shift in events and thoughts in the story allows it to become engaging. Lastly the open ended ending allows the reader to think and presume their own answers and ponder about them. I tried to show Conrad’s style in the three poems and I feel like I succeed.