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The Waking

The Waking

by Theodore Roethke

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?

G

Even though this speaker can’t seem to get enough of his waking sleep, or sleeping wakefulness, and even though there’s an emphasis on feeling, there’s nothing “going on” where this speaker has to go. When he asks, “Of those so close beside me, which are you?” (7), you might think he’s sidling up for some action, but no go. The only union seems to be between the speaker and God or Nature.

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