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Good and Evil in Horses Essay

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  • on September 18, 2012
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Good and Evil in The Horses


The concepts of good and evil resonate throughout the work of the Scottish poet Edwin Muir. In Muir’s important poem “The Horses,” guilt and innocence, good and evil, are also in the plainest view. But the poem is not sabotaged artistically because of it, as so many such poems are. “The Horses” is about the unexpected return, after an apocalypse, of new horses that restore the “long lost archaic companionship” with the surviving humans. The narrator condemns the “old bad world” that wreaked the damage:

Barely a twelvemonth after The seven days war that put the world to

sleep, Late in the evening the strange horses came. By then we had made our convenant with

silence, But in the first few days it was so still We listened to our breathing and were afraid. On the second day The radios failed; we turned the knobs; no

answer. But on the third day a warship passed us,

heading north, Dead bodies piled on the deck. On the sixth

day A plane plunged over us into the sea.

Thereafter Nothing. The radios dumb. And still they stand in corners of our

kitchens, And stand, perhaps, turned on, in a million

rooms, All over the world. But now if they should

speak, If on a sudden they should speak again If on the stroke of noon a voice should speak, We would not listen, we would not let it

bring That old bad world that swallowed its

children quick At one great gulp. We would not have it

again . . .

Have Armageddon and its aftermath ever been more powerfully, more palpably imagined? And yet, I do not think that the poem’s extraordinary vividness is the greatest strength of “The Horses.” Its special power is in the way cataclysm evokes Muir’s most abiding theme: the renewal of that “long-lost archaic” bond between life and the world even in the face of catastrophe (“Our life is changed; their coming our beginning”). “The Horses” is not a topical antiwar poem, as some have seen it to be, but a...

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