It is uncommon for one to intentionally complicate their life. Instead, one would normally choose to have a plain and simple life that is easy to deal with. After living this easygoing life for too long, imperfection is craved. "The Poems of our Climate" and Oedipus the King emphasize that one cannot remain content with simplicity and perfection, but rather, due to human nature, will desire a life of chaos and complication.
From its conception, our world has been one rife with pain, the driving force of both despair and development. This most basic of natural forces is the topic of Howard Nemerov’s “Creation of Anguish,” a poetic work that tracks the birth and development of suffering. From the dawn of human consciousness to the birth of civilization and beyond, Nemerov explores man’s relationship with pain. In his depiction of the world as a place of woe, he describes all of man’s woes as self-imposed, brought about by his primal urge to discover who he truly is. Through this model we can follow the steps of Sophocles’ tragic hero, Oedipus, and ascribe new meaning to the agony he endures in learning the reality of his birth. By defining the nature of suffering in Creation of Anguish, Howard Nemerov illustrates why Oedipus must endure agony to realize his truth.
Is man a mere puppet of fate? Is man no more than a toy of the gods, a marionette attached to unseen strings pulled by unseen forces? Or is he a free spirit, capable of weaving his intricate tale as he sees fit? Perhaps he is a median of the two extremes, left in the dark to blindly grope for knowledge of his past, present, and future. In doing so, he is oblivious to his own nature, he is oblivious to what will come, yet his very actions will shed light on the answers to his lifelong riddle. William Stafford's “My Father: October 1942”, and Sophocles' Oedipus the King both suggest that while man is bound to an inescapable, predetermined fate, his choices and innate hunger for truth pave the road to his destiny.