A Golden Day | Study Guide

Paul Laurence Dunbar

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A Golden Day | Symbols


One Day

The single day is a symbol for a short period of time. The speaker says that he found and lost his love in a single day. The time frame of just one day is a metaphor for a short period of time instead of a literal day. A single day would be too short a time to find a person, fall in love with them, and lose them. The "day" represents a time that passes by too quickly and leaves the speaker alone with only a brief memory of happiness and love. It is not a literal time frame but represents how briefly the speaker's love was in his life.


The speaker uses imagery that evokes a bright, warm spring day in May. He describes the atmosphere as "gleaming" with a bright sun in the sky. The bird that the speaker hears singing is "golden" and has a "divine" song. The imagery of a golden spring evokes a sense of growth. The world is full of warmth and potential. The speaker uses the imagery of a golden spring to explain his feelings about his newfound love. The new relationship is full of warmth and the potential to grow into a deep and lasting love.

Golden Bird

The speaker describes a "golden bird" that sang a "divine" song on this spring day. He devotes two lines to description of the bird which is a significant length in a poem that is only 12 lines long. The speaker describes the bird using heavenly or otherworldly words. The bird is "golden" which is a word that the speaker also uses to describe the sunshine and atmosphere of the day. The bird's "divine" song and "golden" beauty indicate that the love the speaker found is blessed or ordained by a higher power.

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