Poem Question. Im So Confused!?

Question by ILoveYouGaGa_: Poem Question. Im so Confused!?
1.In a response of no fewer than two paragraphs, discuss the mood and theme of James Stephens’s poem as it compares to the mood and theme of Walter de la Mare’s “The Storm.” In your answer, be sure to discuss the impact of each poet’s language and use of poetic devices such as personification and figurative language.

The Storm”
by Walter de la Mare

First there were two of us, then there were three of us,
Then there was one bird more,
Four of us–wild white sea-birds,
Treading the ocean floor;
And the wind rose, and the sea rose,
To the angry billows? roar–
With one of us–two of us–three of us–four of us
Sea-birds on the shore.

Soon there were five of us, soon there were nine of us,
And lo! in a trice sixteen!
And the yeasty surf curdled over the sands,
The gaunt grey rocks between;
And the tempest raved, and the lightning?s fire
Struck blue on the spindrift hoar–
And on four of us–ay, and on four times four of us
Sea-birds on the shore.

And our sixteen waxed to thirty-two,
And they to past three score–
A wild, white welter of winnowing wings,
And ever more and more;
And the winds lulled, and the sea went down,
And the sun streamed out on high,
Gilding the pools and the spume and the spars
?Neath the vast blue deeps of the sky;

And the isles and the bright green headlands shone,
As they?d never shone before,
Mountains and valleys of silver cloud,
Wherein to swing, sweep, soar–
A host of screeching, scolding, scrabbling
Sea-birds on the shore–
A snowy, silent, sun-washed drift
Of sea-birds on the shore.

by James Stephens
The Night was creeping on the ground!
She crept and did not make a sound,
Until she reached the tree: And then
She covered it, and stole again
Along the grass beside the wall!
—I heard the rustling of her shawl
As she threw blackness everywhere
Along the sky, the ground, the air,
And in the room where I was hid!
But, no matter what she did
To everything that was without,
She could not put my candle out!
So I stared at the Night! And she
Stared back solemnly at me!

Best answer:

Answer by Buk
Is this the poetry our educational system is cramming down your throats??

Good Lord, I’d write a dissertation on how bad the poems are and tell the teacher to get a grip.

What do you think? Answer below!

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  1. synopsis says:

    This seems very similar to the other question you posted recently – which also involved Walter Delamare’s The Storm.

    In The Storm Walter Delamare is viewing nature from the point of view of a bird, who lives outdoors. The bird is not observing nature, but participating in nature. Most animals live outdoors and are a part of the nature they live in. The bird does not directly even talk about the storm: it talks about what it is doing, and what the other birds are doing – and we see the storm as the backdrop to where the birds live.

    The James Stephens poem is written from the point of view of someone watching night fall, from inside a house. A main part of what the poem is about is how ‘night’ is an outside thing, and the inside reality where James Stephens observes it is different – and partly protected from night.

    She could not put my candle out!

    The James Stephens poem is a poem about being indoors; the bird in Walter Delamare’s poem doesn’t even have a concept of ‘indoors’. For the James Stephens poem ‘night’ and ‘nature’ are things which are not fully a part of the narrator’s life. In the Walter Delamare poem nature is all there is of the world.

    One of the large differences between the language used in the poems is that the Walter Delamare is full of names for actual things: ocean, wind, spindrift, sea …

    In the James Stephens’ poem the main part of the poem talks about an abstraction:- Night. Night isn’t a real thing, and certainly doesn’t ‘cover’ the trees.

    James Stephens is writing about an attitude toward the world outside which is just an abstraction (Night isn’t a real thing, let alone a real person). In the James Stephens poem the world is less real than how people think about it.

    In the Walter Delamare poem there is no-one to think about the world. The world is just how it is.

    The James Stephens poem is about being indoors and thinking about what happens outside.

    The Walter Delamare poem is about being in nature, being a part of the world.