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Bethany Alder
Discussion Board 11/11
Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:56pm
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The poems “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost, and “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams are very diverse in their styles and purpose. I have always enjoyed Dickinson, so reading “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” again was just a reminder of the beautiful imagery Dickinson wielded as a writer. The poem tells the story of a journey taken by the author, as she travels with Death and Immortality past the goings on of the world. I love the way in which she presents Death as a polite gentleman, coming “kindly” and “slowly” to invite her to ride with him into eternity. The amount of personification in the poem is also interesting. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” was not quite as likable to me as the first poem. I think this is only because the subject matter was not as dramatic as in Dickinson’s poem, because in terms of rhyme scheme and diction, Frost did a beautiful job. In typical Frost style, Robert Frost wove a lot of nature images into his poetry with skill and dexterity. Another thing I liked about “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is that the poem ends with “And miles to go before I sleep” repeated twice. This emphasizes the length of life, and the journey of life, as opposed to the journey of death, as is seen in “Because I Could Not Stop for Death.” “The Red Wheelbarrow” is one of the strangest poems I have ever read. While normally in poetry, I think that the poet takes ten lines to say what could have been explained in one or two, this poem has the exact opposite problem. I’m not sure that my interpretation of the poem is correct, but I gleaned from “The Red Wheelbarrow” the idea of giving homage to the hardworking, easily forgotten people, because “so much depends upon” them. Even the “rain water” and the “white chickens” are given their position in relation to the wheelbarrow, the centerpiece of the poem. Because I did have a hard time understanding it, I did not like it very much, because typically I do not enjoy things I do not understand…not an uncommon sentiment. If I were to pick other poems to read and discuss, I would choose a John Donne poem, whom I enjoy, another of Poe’s works, or, one of my favorite poems “A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns.

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