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FelpsKendall FelpsENGL 203-515Dr.Harris April 14,2015Poetry Analysis PaperTopic 1Time and Nature Many poets concentrate their poems on comparing and connecting life to nature and the outdoors.Poems such as “Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island,Minnesota” by James Wright,“The Starry Night” by Anne Sexton,and the well-known poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost are all excellent examples of this.The poets use a combination of alliteration,similes,personification,and rhyming schemes to represent the settings of their poems and the fundamental meanings of things in nature.Alliterationplays an significant role in these poems,emphasizes certain words and phrases,and makes the reader subconsciously pay closer attention.Wright uses alliteration with the letter b in his poem,the bronze butterfly,asleep on the black trunk,blowing” (Line 1) painting a colorful picture of the setting for the reader. Butterflies are often symbols of change and growth;they travel through a metamorphosisduring their life,eventually becoming a beautiful creature.Wright may be symbolizing 1
Felpshis own changes in life with the butterfly in nature.Sexton also uses alliteration:“The old unseen serpent swallows up the stars.” (Line 10).The emphasis on the letter s sounds like the hissing of a snake—or serpent—giving the impression that something evil is involved in the story.Unlike Wright’s beautiful butterfly,the serpent represents something sinister.Snakes also go through a transformation in their lives,shedding their old skin when the time comes.Sexton was known to be a depressed person,but she would sometimes put on a composed face—or a different skin.Eventually,she shed her lively skin and became so depressed and unhappy that she committed suicide.Like Wright and Sexton,Frost also uses alliteration with several different letters.“Then took the other” (Line 6),and wanted wear” (Line 8),and “though as for that,the passing there” (Line 9) all demonstrate his ability to focus the reader’s attention on certain lines and phrases of the poem.He draws the reader’s attention to these lines to show that there are choices in life one must make—or choose not to make.

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