Name: Monica JirelProfessor: John RemarekLanguage and composition17 December 2017 DiamondTravelling Through the Dark The poem “Travelling through the dark” was written by American poet William Edgar Stafford (January 17, 1914 – August 28, 1993), who was also known as father of poem. “Travelling through the dark” was his first collection of poem and also won national award. “Travelling through the dark” refers to the journey of person at night in the jungle at the side of river, but at the same time dark refers to the difficult emotional situation. These poems give us the actions of speaker to death doe and lead us to the difficult situation which speaker has to face while travelling through the dark. In this poem the writer has presented the battle between responsibility and emotion, and there must be relationship between the humans and the nature for the safety of human race. In the poem, “Traveling through the dark”, the writer has denoted the people traveling in the dark who mostly like to travel at night. Speaker informs the reader that he found the death deer which was lying in the road in the river side of jungle having the narrow road. At the same time we can analyse that the deer has been killed by hunter or may have died during the accident and also analyse that how the modern science and technology affect the nature and animals, where the car is the symbolic of modern technology and the dead doe is result of modern science. There is given a clear contrast between the machine and the animal. It seems as this type of case has happened to speaker for the first time. From his responsibilities point of view he decided to roll it down the canyon, if he kept it as it was then there will be high possibility of having the accident and some other person might lose their life. But as soon as he came out from the car, he noticed that the dead deer had big belly which made him think that the deer was pregnant. However the fawn inside the belly may be still alive and may be waiting to be born, or be almost death with the death of mother deer. Even though the traveller was outside the car to throw the deer inside the canyon, but when he knew about the living fawn inside the belly, there came extreme emotions within him, that he was about to throw a living fawn along with the dead deer. This started a battle between his responsibility to throw the deer, and clear the road to stop accident and there are his emotions which is deeper than good judgement said him to save that unborn fawn, said him to save the living fawn which was waiting to born inside the belly. His emotion said him to save that innocent fawn and help it to bring in this beautiful world where as his responsibility tells him to clear the road. But instead of worrying the things he have to decide whether he want to choose his responsibilities or listen to his emotions. But in the end he chooses his responsibilities and does the thing he knew he had to do from the moment he stopped for that. Even though he might have wanted to save the fawn, he finally decided to fulfil his responsibility to clear the path and go with his responsibility rather than listening to emotion. This can be connected with the fact that in today’s world we are more into our responsibility toward our self than the emotions. In conclusion, the poem “Travelling through the dark” is something that provokes the reader to the mental situation of speaker to make the decision to choose his responsibilities or to listen to his emotions. There seems to exist a battle between the writer’s heart and mind. His heart tells him not to kill the living fawn inside the doe’s body and his mind tells him to roll the doe into the canyon to prevent further accidents. The writer has also tried to explain how the modern technology affect the nature and also tells us how people’s never stopping needs and desire affect the natural beauty. The writer has also tried to present a great relation between two systems of life. How people are bound in their responsibility rather than thinking about their desires. So in the poem, the writer has given highest priority to responsibility rather than giving it to emotions.