"Dark As The World Of Man"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Involved in the contrast of the dark image of falling rain, symbolic for the evils of the war, with the solemn scenes representing traditional Christian values is the tension between the physiological state of man and the essential spirituality of man–the contrast of Dives' competitive degeneracy, with Lazarus, the resurrected spirit of love. The line, "Still falls the Rain," initiates almost every stanza, and the word "still" is a key word throughout, emphasizing the continuous desecration of Good by evil forces. Evil, symbolized by the dark world of man, is opposed to Christ and what He represents, presented in a twofold image: His tragedy and His victory, the consummate image involving His suffering, His sacrifice, and His redemptive power. The world of man is revealed then as a place of both darkness and light. A basic love and goodness exert themselves over and beyond the dark state to which life has evolved and in which it continues to suffer. This basic love and goodness are promised through the sacrifice of "the Starved Man hung upon the Cross." Through the darkness, in fact, "sounds the voice of One who like the heart of man/ Was once a child who among beasts has lain–/ 'Still do I love, still shed my innocent light, my Blood, for thee.'" The poem begins:

Still falls the Rain–
Dark as the world of man, black as our loss–
Blind as the nineteen hundred and forty nails
Upon the Cross.