The speaker of Robert Desnos’ poem, “Awakening” is relevant to face the self he is

when he sleeps because he is unsure whether this self is good or evil. The speaker personifies
the ideas and thoughts he has while sleeping by referring to them as a single being, a “nocturnal
visitor” and “seeks” something mysterious. What scares the speaker most is that this creature of
unknowing nature could possibly be a reflection of his own self, thus questioning whether he,
himself, is of impure nature. He wonders about the nature of this visitor, noting his uncertainty
with repeated questions about whether he is a weaker figure “in need of shelter” or something
more sinister like a “thief.” Thus, when the subconscious wanders off, the speaker is inclined to
keep it from re-entering by making sure that the “key no longer turns the lock”. The “nocturnal
visitor” was once a welcomed guest, but is now turned away after realizing that it was his former
self and it is reflective of his past fallacies. Ultimately, he decides to banish these “old images of
himself” from his “heart and hearth.” His idea that he is trying to put forth is important because
he embodies what people feel when looking back toward their past.