| Quote #4
Pale beneath the blaze
This passage of the poem plays out the change of time that has been playing out throughout the poem as a whole. Using the imagery of light on leaves, the passage moves from full sunlight to "late twilight." You can also notice another pattern here: the emphasis on the "last" things of the day. Here we see the "last" bee in the flowers.
| Quote #5
when the last rook
And now here's the "last" bird or rook. As we have seen above, the birds have mostly been replaced by bats. The rook turns into a black speck as it flies into the last bit of light left from the sunset. For a similar image of birds flying at sunset, check out "Sunday Morning" by the American poet Wallace Stevens, also on Shmoop.