The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Under the dark and starry sky,
The lighthouse glowed from the distance
With an eerie feeling haunting it, and a dense
Fog covering, made it look like a home of a spy.

Spine chilling breeze gently touched the keeper
Who stood by the pane in his leather robe.
Unbothered by the crashing waves and taking a puff
From his cigar, he grew tensed and bored.

Poured himself some wine and sank in the chair,
Gulped it and turned on the gramophone.
His eyes drooped at a snail’s pace
To the melancholic rhythm that filled the zone.

A pat on the window startled him,
Opening his eyes, he saw bright light.
The clocked showed half past 7,
He went to the window and viewed the clear sight.

There was tranquility in the sea,
Something he longed for since he was stationed.
With hope in his eyes and joy in his heart,
He prayed for the bright light to stay.

But to his terror, he saw a written note on the table,
“Would you like to get out?” said the note.
His hand the note while he looked around himself,
Wondering if is it a hallucination or not.

-Aditi Sawkar

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  1. It is elegantly portrayed since I could subconsciously witnessed both the silence and the horror. From the beginning through the end, the train of thought was maintained. What more could you ask for from the sea and a lighthouse? For certain ones who were living in an imaginary world, it served as a wake-up call or a reality check.

  2. This poem is very captivating, painting a vivid picture of the setting described. The imagery depicted in the poem is very striking and takes the reader to the location as if one is present right there. The poet is skillfully drawing a mental picture of a keeper living by himself on the lonely, lifeless lighthouse and combining with an aura of mystery and sorrow, The opening lines of the poem are particularly interesting because it sets the scene of a dark starry night, and a lighthouse which is the only source of light in the dark haunting setting, engaging the reader right there, making one curious as well as feel on edge. Through precise details like leather robe, a cigar, gramophone, the poet is depicting how lonely the keeper is and how repetitive his daily routine is, nothing exciting happening. As the series of actions takes place in the poem, it gradually descents into unease invoking terror in the heart of the reader. The sudden appearance of bright light outside the window adds a touch of suspense to a seemingly desolate and peaceful setting at once.The poem’s conclusion stanza is particularly noteworthy, ending with a cryptic note The language used in the poem effectively add to the strange and haunting atmosphere. The rhyme scheme and the flow of the poem is very well written, enhancing the poem’s uniqueness furthermore.

  3. The scenerio is explained so well that one can imagine he or she is in the lighthouse. In the last stanza it talked about how the lighthouse keeper wants to get free and see the outside world so he’s maybe hallucinating after the wine or the note is real…..after all the poem is amazing.

  4. “The Lighthouse” is a hauntingly intriguing poem that hunts through the eerie and mysterious world of a lighthouse keeper. The poet paints a vivid picture of a desolate and gloomy setting under a dark and starry sky, where the lighthouse stands as a illuminany amidst the dense fog. The use of descriptive language creates a sense of perturbation and intrigue, setting the stage for a tale of suspense.

    The lighthouse keeper, portrayed as a solitary figure, is presented with great detail. The reader can nearly feel the chilling breeze and imagine the keeper standing by the window in his leather robe, lost in contemplation. The
    contrast between the crashing waves and the keeper’s nonchalant demeanor, savoring a puff from his cigar, adds an interesting layer to his character.

    The poet subtly employs sensory imagery to create an immersive experience. The mention of pouring wine and sinking into a chair, accompanied by the despondent rhythm of a gramophone, transports the reader into the keeper’s world, evoking a sense of solitude and longing. The slow pace at which his eyes droop adds to the somber and introspective mood indicative of sadness.

    The sudden interruption accompanied with a pat on the window introduces an element of suspense. The bright light that follows awakens hope within the keeper, as he yearns for the tranquility he has been missing. However, the subsequent discovery of a written note on the table shatters his momentary joy, leaving him uncertain and questioning his reality. The poem leaves the reader with a lingering sense of mystery and anticipation.

    Overall, “The Lighthouse” is a captivating poem that weaves together both imagery and emotion. It invites the reader to step into the shoes of the lighthouse keeper and embark on a journey filled with intrigue yet empathize with the keeper. The poem’s ability to evoke a range of emotions and create a meaningful sense of place makes it a compelling and skillfully written poem.

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