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Chief Works With a touch of mock-heroic, Wilbur's "The Death of a Toad" (1950) ennobles a small being savaged  by a lawn mower in a scenario as delicately interwoven as an impressionist painting. The meticulous  shaping of line lengths — from four to six beats and back down to four, four, and three — suits the  precise rhyming pattern of aabcbc. The purpose of so much discipline of language emerges from the  lighthearted beats that elevate a dying amphibian to the all-seeing eye of nature. Hidden in green  bower, he grows still as the life force drains away. Misinterpreted as a sage, the body gives up its life,  but leaves the eye alert. Wilbur carries the poem beyond the toad's death to the impression it leaves on the viewer. The poet  tweaks the imagination with the multiple possibilities of "dies / Toward some deep monotone," a 
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  • Fall '08
  • staff
  • Wilbur, English metaphysical poet, emotionally twisted verse, famous dramatic monologue, precise rhyming pattern, life force drains

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