Analysis of The Intertwining of Good and Evil



In the world of living beings,
‘Good’ and ‘Evil’ are intertwined.
Each in intimate relationship with the other.

Each measured by the ‘strengths,’
And by the weaknesses of the other.
Each inclined unconsciously to the other’s nature.

To such extent that ‘Good’ taken to its extreme,
Converts ultimately into that which it disavows.
Revealing at its core its chimerical nature.

And ‘Evil’ pushed to its limits of exhaustion,
Will reveal within its core a common goodness.
This is the world of dualities in which humanity resides.

These things we do, waging war and finding in it something ‘good.’
Seeking peace while suppressing others’ goodwill.
And finding in that act a modicum of righteousness.

In the world of living human beings,
‘Good’ and ‘Evil are intertwined.
Each in intimate relationship with the other.
Always has been so, and always ever shall be so.


Scheme aBC xcc xac xdx xxd aBCx
Poetic Form
Metre 00111010 10101001 101000101010 110101 0101001010 101100101010 110111101101 101000011111 0101111010010 010111101010 101011101010 11011101010001 111110101001101 10110101011 01001101001100 0011101010 10101001 101000101010 11110110111
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 901
Words 165
Sentences 14
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4
Lines Amount 19
Letters per line (avg) 36
Words per line (avg) 7
Letters per stanza (avg) 114
Words per stanza (avg) 24

About this poem

While primarily for ethical motivations, we see good as far removed from evil, the overwhelming observation is that in the human experience of existence these two energies are active forces that from time to time transform into their opposite poles.

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Written on January 23, 2024

Submitted by karlcfolkes on January 23, 2024

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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 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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