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Explication: Night Journey

May 25, 2010 · 3 Comments · Poem Analysis

In the poem Night Journey, author Theodore Roethke uses contrasting imagery and symbolism to build up to his main idea about “the land [he] love[s].” As the speaker looks at the night scenery, he sees “Bridges of iron lace” and then immediately “A suddenness of trees [and]/A lap of mountain mist”. Iron bridges are the […]

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Reader Response / Explication / What’s this called anyway?: Victory in Defeat

May 17, 2010 · 1 Comment · Poem Analysis

In the poem Victory in Defeat, author Edwin Markham uses dramatic diction, a central metaphor, and paradox to make a powerful statement about the effects of victory and defeat. This poem seems very “heavy” because it uses words like “defeat” and “victory” instead of “loss” and “win”, and creates a distinguished aura by using words […]

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Reader Response: My Papa’s Waltz

May 12, 2010 · 2 Comments · Poem Analysis, Reader Responses

In the poem My Papa’s Waltz, Theodore Roethke uses diction, rhyme scheme, and subtle metaphors to make a statement about child abuse. Since the speaker is a child, the diction of the poem is innocent, making it clear that the speaker does not know he’s being beaten. The lines “We romped until the pans / […]

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