Do I use the second "the" in the sentence below?
The sun rises in the East, so (the )East symbolises a new day, newness, and birth.
Some one has told me 'The East' is a place, "East" is a direction. Either would be okay here, but he chose east (direction) to match the 'eastern window' in the poem - they look east.
Here's a stanza from the poem;
Ye open the eastern windows,
That look towards the sun,
Where thoughts are singing swallows
And the brooks of morning run.
Thanks a million in advance.
Hmm... that's a good question.
I think here you shouldn't use "the East" as a place, a location.
I think it's rather the phrase "in the East" which refers to a place rather than just "the East".
How about saying:
"So East here, symbolizes a new day, newness and birth.