can i have explanation of the following lines?Never until the mankind making Bird beast and flower Fathering and all humbling darkness Tells with silence the last light breaking And the still hour...

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This is purely my interpretation, line by line, and I hope this helps...


Never in history, before man existed

Before bird, beast, or flower

Before fathering, and darkness being of a safe place

Can it be said/told with calmness and the last moment of light before evil existed

Time slowed (metaphorically)

When the evil was unleashed (sea tumbling in harness)


It is a preface to the rest of the poem...b/c only in these circumstances would a child die from such horrific circumstances, and the speaker of the poem is refusing to believe that something like this could actually happen in real life.

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