The cottage pt 1 • The first stanza introduces first the environment, a beautiful summer day, then the ruined cottage among many trees • Then we meet the old man who is going to tell the story, a fellow traveler of the author. • There is a lot of visual imagery about the cottage: four naked walls, the detailed description of the garden, etc. • When the old man beings to talk (line 67) he talks about loss and death, foreshadowing the subject of the rest of the poem • The old man says “she is dead” twice, reinforcing the sadness that is to come in the poem • The poem only focuses a few lines on the happiness of their life before he begins describing the bad, starting with the bad harvest season
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