Saturday, December 3, 2011

'The River' - Conflict

Good vs. Bad

Everything and everybody possesses both good and bad qualities. The river is deemed as good when it is likened to a baby and a singer. A negative spin is put on when the river makes an abrupt 180 degree turn and becomes comparable to a monster. 








'The River' - Literary Devices

#Speaker
Anonymous


#Point of view
-Third person
(The use of third person pronoun, 'he')


#Setting
Everywhere


#Tone
-Meditative
The speaker catalogs the various qualities of the river carefully.


#Mood
-Pensive
The meditative tone of the speaker puts the reader into deep thought about the qualities of the river and how it translates to humans.






#Poetic devices


1. End Rhyme
Lines 2 & 4 of every stanza rhymes.
~Stanza 1 : tramp, camp
~Stanza 2 : hill, still
~Stanza 3 : deep, keep
~Stanza 4 : hums, thumbs
~Stanza 5 : along, song
~Stanza 6 : vexed, next


2.Imagery


Aural imagery = sense of hearing
'gurgles and hums' (stanza 4, line 2)
'echoes the notes of the song' (stanza 5, lines 3-4)


Visual imagery = sense of sight
'twists and turns' (stanza 2, line 3)
'buries down deep' (stanza 3, line 2)
'dances along' (stanza 5, line 2)
'gobbled up trees' (stanza 6, line 3)


3. Personification
The nature of the river described in the poem has been imparted with the attributes of human qualities such as 'a wanderer, a nomad, a tramp', 'a winder', 'a hoarder', 'a baby', 'a singer' and 'a monster'.


4. Metaphor
The river - man as he journeys through life.


5. Repetition
'The River' - repeated to give emphasis to the subject.


6. Simile
The River is likened to a baby, who sounds 'like he's happily sucking his thumbs'.


7. Symbol
The various qualities of the river are symbolic of the various qualities found in humans.