Analysis of The Hidden Treasure

Behold the parable of life:
Vanity, vanity, vanity!
All of life is but a dream:
A dream of hidden treasures.
And the dream, alas, must die…
As all dreams surely die…

At the rising of the Sun…
At the rising of the Self…
The hidden Self within.
Store therefore your treasure…
Your hidden treasure in heaven…
Your treasure buried within.

Poetic Form
Metre 01010011 100100100 1111101 0111010 0010111 111101 1010101 1010101 010101 11110 11010010 1101001
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 347
Words 66
Sentences 4
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 6
Lines Amount 12
Letters per line (avg) 22
Words per line (avg) 5
Letters per stanza (avg) 130
Words per stanza (avg) 30

About this poem

This poem deals with the eternal search of humanity to find and experience one’s hidden potentialities hidden within the psyche. It is, as Swiss psychiatrist Car Jung suggests, the eternal quest to become individuated; or, in the language of theology, to become a “new man.”

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Written on September 15, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on September 15, 2021

Modified by karlcfolkes on November 07, 2022

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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