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What Voice at Moth-Hour "What Voice at Moth-Hour" is a poem written in first person narrator by Robert Penn Warren, a poem which consists of five four-line stanzas, in which he is principally concerned to explore the origin and nature of a voice, constantly calling him back at "moth-hour" when he finds himself situated in different locations surrounded by nature. Through the first part of the poem, Warren uses a series of repeated questions asking himself "What voice at moth-hour did I hear", whilst working towards an answer to which he will discover later at the end. Besides, he also makes use of enjambment, rhymes and figurative languages to back up and emphasise certain ideas and themes that he will put forward in the poem. The poem is structured into two parts; the first is when he asks questions about the voice he once heard and trying to remember what it was, whilst the second, which consists of the last two stanzas, is when he remembers the 'simple trick' to hear the voice again and gives the answer to the previous questions. The poem opens by introducing directly the question carried by the title: 'What voice at moth-hour did I hear calling'. ...read more.


Closing the eyes is a way to focus and concentrate, leaving everything else in the outside world away from you, so that Warren can be peaceful and in complete silence in his own dimension. Only then can he finally 'hear the voice': 'It's late! Come home.' It could be argued that this voice can be interpreted in two different ways; one is that he hears someone calling, while the other possibility is that there is a voice inside his head locked inside his memories. Therefore, closing eyes is a way to close one of the person's six senses and to focus on the other ones, such as on hearing, since the capability and sensitivity of the ears increases when a person can no longer see and has to rely on other weaker senses, and thus be able to hear faint sounds that you could hardly hear when distracted by the various things surrounding you. However, closing eyes is also a way to stay calm and have control on your state of mind, allowing you to go back in time with memories whilst staying in absolute stillness. This is when he recalls the old times when he was a child and every time that he stayed out late, perhaps playing in the garden or in a park, he would have been called back from his mother, from the very same voice 'It's late! ...read more.


Come home' a much stronger impact on readers as they will focus more on these words, also because it is the answer to all the repetitive questions set earlier in the poem. Furthermore, these words are written in italics, giving further emphasis to them, giving the impression that it's a voice echoing in the back of his memories that emerges in his mind, calling him and reminding him that it is late, time to go home. On the whole, the poem is very descriptive, describing the nature surrounding him at different places as nature is the main guide line throughout the poem. Moreover, the poem is very successful in getting hold of readers' curiosity and interest through the use of the speaker's effective questioning at the beginning of the poem and the slowing rhythm which adds an atmosphere of composure and peace, which are the two elements that nature usually conveys us, and therefore he uses the rhythm to further enhance the point. Besides, the voice that Warren hears in the end 'It's late! Come home' has also an universal meaning, in other words, it is also a message for everybody, for people that are outside working, a reminder for them to remember and not to forget that they have a family and a home, where they can find peace and comfort when it's getting darker, when the day vanishes and when they need support, they can return home. ...read more.

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