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Chapter 14 Checklist Who is speaking in the poem? The poem is narrated by Sheppard himself Is the narrator’s voice close to the poet’s or is the voice of a fictional or historical person? As mentioned, it is from Sheppards point of view as the author. But it can be looked at broadly saying that it refers to everybody’s life and not just his own How does the speaker address the listener ? Sheppard directly addresses the listen- er, he asks them to ask him mistakes he has made and other direct questions pointed directly at the reader. Does this poem directly reveal an emotion or attitude? It reveals one of acceptance and wisdom. The quote “Ask me what difference their strongest love or hate has made,” exemplifies those ideals. Does it indirectly reveal any attitudes or emotions? The poem is pretty straight for- ward, although left for some interpretation, it seems evident the theme and voice of the poem. Does your reaction differ from the speaker? Sheppard places little importance on the emotions of love and hate, and I place every bit of importance on those emotions, but then again he speaks broadly from a wider point of view determining that life goes on despite my personal reactions. What adjectives would best describe the poem’s tone? Calm, accepting, wise Chapter 15 Checklist The significant words in the poem are ice, mistakes, life, thought, hurt, strongest, liste, silent, current, stillness. There seems to be a highlighted word in every line, des- pite the fact they aren’t full sentences. They appeal to me because of the structure of the sentence around them. “I will listen to what you say” the natural beat of tone places emphasis on this word, and through natural speaking beats he emphasizes the others. These words help to provide emphasis on the metaphor and symbol of the poem, being life and the river. They help to exemplify exactly how he feels without loosing the simplicity of the poem. There are a lot of harsh words, like current, mistake, hate that harshen the poem and add voice. If such words were replaced with synonyms the voice would be re- placed. The harshness of the word helps the reader to identify with the poet. Sheppard uses an abstract diction, he doesn’t identify with any of the 5 senses but rather speaks clearly about the happenings of life. Through that use of diction you
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are left with a simple meaning that one understands without being over-exposed to the idea. Chapter 16 Checklist Sheppard himself speaks the words of the poem, speaking directly to the reader with commands such as “Ask me. ..” which is also the title of the poem. The poems cent- ral figure is a river, and how it is compared to life and the simplicity and possibility within each. The poem is addressed directly to the reader, probably an older reader with time to reflect on their life. One would assume the poem takes place in the winter months because of the
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Owens during the Spring '08 term at Western Kentucky University.

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