By gates of Eden, Angel, gentle,
Shone with his softly drooped head,
And Demon, gloomy and resentful
Over the hellish crevasse flapped.
The spirit of qualm and negation
Looked at another one – of good,
And fire of the forced elation
First time he vaguely understood.
“I’ve seen you,” he enunciated, -
“And not in vain you’ve sent me light:
Not all in heaven I have hated,
Not all in world I have despised.”
I feel this is obviously something to do with matters that are beyond those
on earth. Spirtutal things. Now what I don't understand is, is it an angel
and demon as stated in the poem - or is it a human that is encountering his
final destination after death? Anyways it could perceived either way.
I feel that the last two lines have a strong meaning, now I believe what it
states is good and evil. Heaven and hell and there is some sort of descison
making going on. Whatever is it I hope he goes to heaven :P .
Can someone tell me their views on this poem, especially the last two lines.
Is it referring to how not everything that seems perfect is liked? Or no one
is a saint? We are all sinners and no one is an angel?? Help me out?