Essay Two Draft One

Essay Two Draft One - Pham 1 Stephanie Pham A. Shaw English...

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Pham 1 Stephanie Pham A. Shaw English 1102 October 4, 2010 Essay Two Draft One While “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom” is a public poem about Lincoln's assassination, it is mainly an outlet for Whitman to express his private mourning over the death of a beloved president. There is extensive figurative language throughout this elegy that primarily takes the form of tropes; more specifically, Whitman employs extended metaphors of nature to convey the enormity of loss he experienced at Lincoln's passing as well as his gradual acceptance of death as a part of life. One of the metaphors utilized in “Lilacs in the Dooryard Bloom” that highlight's Whitman's devastation at the death of Lincoln is the lilac. Arguably, the lilacs are the most important symbol of Lincoln because they are first mentioned in the first line of the poem. In the first stanza, the speaker notes that the flowers are perennial and come back each spring. Coincidentally, Lincoln was killed in April, and the narrator sees the continual blooming of lilacs as a reminder of his death, remarking that “[he] mourn'd and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring”(line 3). This contrasts usual human thought, which generally sees the emergence of spring as a time of happiness or rebirth. As a result, the speaker's mourning of spring reveals the extent of his mourning. Additionally, the lilac itself can be interpreted as a representation of Lincoln. In stanza 3, the speaker observes a lilac bush and describes the flower as “delicate,”
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