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What is the importance of the poem that's written during Night of the Iguana?

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Posted February 22, 2007 at 3:05 AM via web

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What is the importance of the poem that's written during Night of the Iguana?

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podunc | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 2, 2008 at 6:33 AM (Answer #1)

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The play ends with Jonathan Coffin, Hannah's elderly grandfather or "nonno", completing one last poem before he dies. The last two stanzas are: 

And still the ripe fruit and the branch
Observe the sky begin to blanch
Without a cry, without a prayer,
With no betrayal of despair.

Oh, Courage, could you not as well
Select a second  place to dwell,
Not only in that golden tree
But in the frightened heart of me?

At ninety-two years old, the poem is a breakthrough for Coffin, who has not been able to write for some time. In a way, it sums up his life, which has been haunted by fear.

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