Journey of the Magi

Journey of the Magi Summary

The "journey" of the title represents at once the physical act of traveling, the process of personal conversion, and the change from a Pagan to a Christian world. The first two stanzas are written from the perspective of the Magi who endured a difficult journey across the desert to witness the birth of Jesus. The second stanza is dense with biblical allusions. In the third Stanza, a Magus reflects upon that experience, and wonders at the paradox that the birth of Jesus was also a death—meaning both the imminent death of Christ, and the death of the old, pre-Christian world order.