In you, now signifying nothing;¦ Thats all there is to say. The word nothing displays the completeness of the disconnection while all connotes an all-consuming idea. Thus when used together create the idea of all-consuming disconnection between the persona and his father. (Can talk about the use of punctuation. Full stop creates finality. )Gray contrasts the elements of nature with human nature in order to show humanitys intrinsic destructive nature.
This juxtaposition reveals the idea of nature destructing for replenishment, whereas humanity destructs subconsciously for satisfaction and self-fulfillment. Consequently the issue highlighted is that of human nature not allowing for complete satisfaction, resulting in a cycle of destruction for both the individual and the environment. Grays poem Flames and Dangling Wire vividly explores the destruction of the natural environment due to humanitys actions. It is a man, wiping his eyes.
Someone who worked here would have to weep¦ Knowing all that he does about us, how can he avoid a hatred of men? The imperative and emotive language tugs upon the readers heartstrings as the guilt of this man is placed upon the reader. The harsh imagery used earlier in the poem cumulates until this point of the poem, when responsibility is seen through the mans pain. As a responder to the text, I believe that Gray recognizes this mans innocence individually, as he tries to help through his work.
Yet this man is still seen to be feeling the pain caused by the destruction of the environment, reflecting humanitys responsibility as a whole and not simply a portion of the population. Gray therefore uses the didactic nature of his work to impart his value placed on the respect and protection of the environment. The selfishness of man is seen in the tenth stanza. This is how it shall be after men have gone. It will be made of things that worked. The future tense of this stanza assists in creating textual integrity and understanding within the poem.
No matter the context of the reader, the future tense causes them to reflect upon their actions, furthering Grays didacticism within the text. The one phrase reflecting on the past within the stanza however, is made of things that worked. The idea portrayed by Gray is one of comparison. He compares the things that worked humans creations which they have dumped to natures creations and processes things that will continue to work. Thus the comparison used by Gray is effective in exemplifying humanitys short-term view and ultimately the intrinsic and often subconscious nature of destruction.