The waterfowl can also represent a deeper meaning. Bryant and his family moved to a new home when he was two years old. If the poem is to be taken at face value, you could say this realization marked a turning point for a presumably lonely William Cullen Bryant, who could confidently say afterwards that he was no longer alone, but accompanied by God. The poem begins with the speaker asking a solitary waterfowl flying through the sunset where it is going. But the magazines of that day usually enjoyed only an ephemeral life-span.
It is written in alternately rhymed. The speaker reassures For anyone contemplating death which is everyone, at a healthy level , this is a great poem to read. The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, his boyhood home, is now a museum. The main metaphor of the poem is presented in the eighth stanza, where the parallel between the bird's flight and the narrator's life is presented. Dost: Second person singular form of the verb do modern form: you do. All day thy wings have fanned, At that far height, the cold, thin atmosphere, Yet stoop not, weary, to the welcome land, Though the dark night is near. The bird must instinctively flap its wings to migrate to a warmer climate; it must find the right path.
Thou: Refers to a person being addressed modern form: you. At the end of a difficult day filled with uncertainty and self-doubt, the poet is comforted by the sight of a solitary waterfowl on the horizon and realizes that everything in nature is guided by a protective divine providence. For anyone contemplating death which is everyone, at a healthy level , this is a great poem to read. Seek'st thou the plashy brink Of weedy lake, or marge of river wide, Or where the rocking billows rise and sink On the chafed ocean side? Ultimately, nature reveals a truth about humankind; the providence of a divine power is guiding us and will always have a presence in our lives. This directs the readers in a mild tone, and despite the ironic dim images, it is a beautiful expression of nature. And soon that toil shall end; Soon shalt thou find a summer home, and rest, And scream among thy fellows; reeds shall bend, Soon, o'er thy sheltered nest.
On January 11, 1821, Bryant, still striving to build a legal career, married Frances Fairchild. And soon that toil shall end; Soon shalt thou find a summer home, and rest, And scream among thy fellows; reeds shall bend, Soon, o'er thy sheltered nest. Just as the Bible describes Jesus Christ ascending to the heavens, the bird rises into the wondrous abyss. There are not many poems or people who will be equally optimistic and real as this one. The poem is an affirmation of the poet's belief in God and an afterlife in Heaven.
In my opinion, the theme of this poem is that there is a guiding being that oversees all things and teaches us how to go through life. This is the comfort that all of us need when we feel alone, lost, adrift, and confused. Vainly the fowler's eye Might mark thy distant flight to do thee wrong, As, darkly painted on the crimson sky, Thy figure floats along. Stanzas 1, 2, and 3 are full of questions, danger, and uncertainty. Then again, being young makes it a tad more consoling that you have a while to go.
After just two years at Williams College, he studied law in Worthington and Bridgewater in Massachusetts, and he was admitted to the bar in 1815. Once a reader is familiar with the archaic meaning of some of Bryant's words, she begins to understand the layers of meaning hidden beneath the surface of Bryant's diction. One mellow smile through the soft vapoury air, Ere, o'er the frozen earth, the loud winds ran, Or snows are sifted o'er the meadows bare. He who, from zone to zone, Guides through the boundless sky thy certain flight, In the long way that I must tread alone, Will lead my steps aright. Evidently, this image was chosen because a bird flying in the great expanse of the sky is a metaphor for a person who feels lost or disillusioned.
Either way, our society should be taught to spend a healthy amount of time away from the denial that death will never happen to us. Distaste for pettifoggery and the sometimes absurd judgments pronounced by the courts gradually drove him to break with the legal profession. I have seen Your rays grow dim upon the horizon's edge,. Therefore, the reader actually hears the sound of the bird flapping as she reads the poem. Some elements of romanticism reflected in this poem are the beauty of nature and idealism.
The Embargo, a savage attack on President Thomas Jefferson published in 1808, reflected Dr. The sixth stanza promises rest and a new home. Bryant employs an effective alliterative scheme the repetition of consonant sounds throughout the poem. Thou'rt gone, the abyss of heaven Hath swallowed up thy form; yet, on my heart Deeply hath sunk the lesson thou hast given, And shall not soon depart. Still, this decline actually started to happen during his lifetime. Many Americans set out on long, hard journeys to settle the northwest territories of North America, and although enduring various hardships, ended up with great benefits.