The Spirits of the Towers

4 April 2015
A study of the recent Gerald Manley Hopkins poem, The Spirits of the Towers, which reflects on the September 11 tragedy in New York City.

This paper analyzes the poem which reflects on the horror and destruction of the terrorist attack on New York’s Twin Towers. The paper describes this haiku poem’s strong imagery of the attack and eloquent use of the symbols of American culture to represent the American spirit.
“The central theme is a search for meaning within the tragedy of September 11. The “spirits of the towers” are not only the ghostly remembrances of the buildings themselves, but also the actual spirits of the many people who died there. In a larger sense, the ghosts of the people and of the buildings become part of the American spirit, in the same sense that we use the phrase “the spirit of 76.””

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