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