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Lucifer in the SpotlightExamining a poem in detail can bring out new meanings and ideas By careful analysis the full beauty of the poem can be appreciated The poem Lucifer in Starlight p 959 by George Meredith can be analyzed to refine the authors purpose by examining every subtle hint every possibility for a deeper theme Also deciphering formal literary techniques such as metaphor connotation and symbolism is the key to unlock other expressions The main theme of the poem is that Lucifer has no place out of his hell and anything he tries to reenter heaven is futile As with any poem it is best to first examine how the title Lucifer in Starlight relates to the body of the poem Obviously Lucifer is the defiant angel that was banished from heaven and sent to the underworld of hell where he known as Satan The title refers to the devil as in starlight so this means he has to rise to a place where the stars are visible not the fires of hell This rising from the underworld is summed up in the first line It is later explained that he is doing so because he is tired of his dark dominion Ironically the first line refers to Lucifer honorably as a Prince while in the second line he is tagged as a fiend This leaves the reader feeling perplexed yet still thinking of Lucifer as the enemy At first it may seem as Lucifer has risen to the Earth but it is further clarified that he has elevated himself above the rolling ball However god imagined the world as planar with heaven on a higher plane and hell on a lower plane not spherical as defined here From his place in the stars above earth Lucifer looks down through the clouds and observes the sinners He is talking about the denizens of the earth for since Adam sinned in the beginning all of
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