Issue 2


The Mystic Poetics of Place in Theodore Roethke’s “Greenhouse Sequence” Asst.

Qasim Salman Sirhan; Zahra Taher Essa

Journal of Al-qadisiya in arts and educational sciense, 2014, Volume 14, Issue 2, Pages 0-30

The research traces the mystic experience of the American poet, Theodore Roethke, and its relation to the place (the greenhouses of his childhood) in his well-known “Greenhouse poems,” which were published in his second volume, The Lost Son (1947). Roethke was a poet who associated great significance to nature, especially the one he encountered in his father’s greenhouses. Thus he considered the greenhouse a place that shaped his personality and life. In this sequence he attempted to reveal that his association with the place is
The impact that a place imprints on the mind resides for a long time. For many people the places where they grew up are like paradise on earth. They long to them, and feel strongly attached to all their details. Roethke is no exception; rather he is so immersed in the beauties of his birthplace like no other poet and what made his depictions of Saginaw’s landscapes distinctive is the intimacy of his personal experiences with it.