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The Hospital Window- The death of a loved one can put unimaginable stress on the loved ones of the deceased This stress can make ones life chaotic and unpleasant for long periods of time if the mourners do not understand the death James Dickey who believes poetry is the center of the creative wheel wrote the poem The Hospital Window The relationship between mourners and death becomes apparent in this simple 54-line poem about a parents dying as a transformative experience and the possibility that love conquers fear The poem takes place on a city street adjacent to a large hospital In The Hospital Window Dickey uses images which represent life and death to demonstrate that the death of a loved one can make one enter a surrealistic state in which everyday occurrences appear to be heavenly however if one can overcome the death by understanding it he can then return to a peaceful life In the beginning of the poem the images which distinguish life and death show that the speaker perceives normal events as spiritual after leaving his fathers hospital room Dickeys persona enters this state when he is on the hospital elevator As the elevator brings him down to ground level he remembers his father lying in his room above in a blue light3 According to Gertrude Jobes the color blue represents heaven and God Therefore its shining down on the speakers father represents Gods presence with his father For any other observer the light is obviously shed by a tinted window4 but the speakers state of mind leads him to believe that the light shines from heaven Once outside the speaker turns to face the hospital As he turns he sees that each window
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