Phillis Wheatley

A Hymn to Morning contains elements of the sublime.  The sun cannot just rise.  It needs music when it appears.  And all greenery acknowledge its appearance with song.  I looked at A Hymn to the Evening as well and found it exceedingly dramatic.  “Soon as the sun forsook the eastern main / The pealing thunder shook the heavenly plain.”  This suggests that the entirety of the day is a symphony that starts out low and sweet and leads to an epic conclusion.  With the symphony in mind, I recall Má Vlast by Bedřich Smetan and how his music evokes a poem.

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