Elegy for Jane
Nature, Nature, and Nature
Roethke was a nature lover and his poems are filled with the stuff. There are the things you'd expect: birds, trees, flowers and the like. But his poems also employ the less poeticized, less sentimental aspects of nature like mold, mildew, and weeds. For Roethke, looking at nature was a way to understand and explain life—from our physical existence to deeper, more psychological aspects.