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In the Dark In the poem Traveling through the Dark by William Stafford the first stanza begins like a story about what happened one night while driving Stafford clearly draws a picture of where he is Wilson River Road and what he finds a deer dead He continues on to inform the reader of what you usually do when you find a dead deer on the side of this road Stafford tells us it is best to roll them into the canyon He also explains that because the road is narrow if you try to go around the carcass you might wind up getting into an accident yourself to swerve might make more dead The way Stafford explains what to do with dead deer tells the reader that this probably occurs frequently on this particular road and it is just known that pushing the deer into the canyon is the right thing to do As I continued reading I began to recognize the understated tone of the poem Stafford does not use much of his own emotions but instead lets the descriptive images he uses speak for themselves and paint a picture for the readers In the second stanza he describes to us that it is a recent killing a female deer a doe and that she was large in the belly By these descriptions I began to recognize my own feelings of sorrow for the dead mother-to-be Stafford then continues on to explain that now he realizes that the mothers baby is not dead when he states her side was warm her fawn lay waiting alive still never to be born This strong image of Stafford realizing that the dead mothers baby is still alive invoked greater feelings of pity and sorrow for the fawn By Stafford not focusing on his own emotions to describe what he finds I was able to form my own true feelings about the dead deer and the
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