It is not for her. Whither, midst falling dew, While glow the heavens with the last steps of day, Far, through their rosy depths, dost thou pursue Thy solitary way? Finally, in the third section, you are encouraged to live life and embrace death as the final rest that it is. The waterfowl can also represent a deeper meaning. Poem Summary In the seventh stanza, Bryant directly tells the waterfowl that it has taught him an invaluable lesson. Bryant employs an effective alliterative scheme the repetition of consonant sounds throughout the poem.
Let's look a bit deeper. Just as God protects the waterfowl from the person hunting him, he will also act as a protector for us as well. Whither, midst falling dew, While glow the heavens with the last steps of day, Far, through their rosy depths, dost thou pursue Thy solitary way? However, the first and third lines break the structure and create a completely different rhythm. Bryant seems to be asking the reader to question whether or not this is ever necessary, if God is truly always present in our lives. The subsequent stanza returns to the opening question, asking the bird whether it is headed toward the sea, a river or a lake. Lines 13-14 Close thy sweet eyes, calmly, and without pain; And we will trust in God to see thee yet again.
Both stanzas talk about God's guidance. The remainder of the stanza rests comfortably in iambic meter. The second and third lines of each stanza are written using iambic pentameter. So too will be her death. A reader could sense the chill in the air. The bird must instinctively flap its wings to migrate to a warmer climate; it must find the right path.
The up and down movement of a nodding head simulates the motion of flapping wings. Eventually he would be situated at the vanguard of the Fireside Poets whose driving philosophy in writing verse was the greatest examples all took a strong emotional hold on the reader. The stanza feels drawn out. Seek'st thou the plashy brink Of weedy lake or marge of river wide 10 Or where the rocking billows rise and sink On the chafed ocean-side?. As he watches the bird fly into the unknown, the speaker comes to the understanding that the same divine power that guides the bird along his journey will likewise be a source of strength and wisdom throughout his life. There are also those around her that are in a perpetual state of anxiety over her life.
Through his observance in nature, the narrator is reconnected with his faith in God. Don't fear death as a place of uncertainty and gloom, but as a place of peace and rest. Just as the Bible describes Jesus Christ ascending to the heavens, the bird rises into the wondrous abyss. From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature. These pronouns were often spoken by the religious group known as the Quakers, who were known for their humility and simple way of life. In addition, the reader may think of or become more aware of his heartbeat. The poem begins with the speaker describing the upcoming death of the person to whom this poem is spoken.
Intial Observations and Poem Summary At twilight, an unidentified speaker observes a waterfowl flying into the distance. Written in blank verse, Bryant writes in three sections regarding the inevitable death, how it shouldn't be feared, but rather live life and treat death as a final rest. The poem catalogs the flight of a bird across the sky as it is guided by the unseen hand of God. The first section is what you might call the introduction. Thou shalt lie down With patriarchs of the infant world--with kings, The powerful of the earth--the wise, the good, Fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past, All in one mighty sepulcher. For each stanza, the first and fourth lines are written using iambic trimeter.
William is saying that the waterfowl, the duck, goose or whatever might make it somewhere to sleep and not be shot by a hunter, and that he himself might also be safe if that same God protects him. The effect of the consonants is a flapping sound. Bryant employs an effective alliterative scheme the repetition of consonant sounds throughout the poem. Ultimately, each person is guided along a certain path, even though it seems he or she has free will. Ultimately, each person is guided along a certain path, even though it seems he or she has free will. However, this stanzas maintains a harsh feeling throughout. Finally, with his incorporation of natural imagery, Bryant shows his Romantic propensity to use nature as a backdrop for luminous philosophy and deep reflection.
Upon waking the soul is freed, and enters a new plane of existence. The description of a nest sheltered by reeds invokes an image of security that opposes the image of a bird being hunted that is found in Stanza 2 23-24. It might look like this: To him who in the love of Nature holds The bold portions are the ups and would be emphasized. The coarse way that this line, and those that immediately follow, are spoken, makes it seem as if the narrator is desperately trying to make her see that there is no hope. The poem is an affirmation of the poet's belief in God and an afterlife in Heaven. Bryant first explains the perilous nature of solitude: -Being alone in the world can hold peril for the individual who feels he has no place to find solid footing. In the context, of the metaphor these are questions about the meaning and purpose of life.