Friday, October 21, 2005

To the River

Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow
Of crystal, wandering water,
Thou art an emblem of the glow
Of beauty the unhiden-heart-
The playfulness maziness of art
In old Alberto's daughter

But when within thy wave she looks-
which glistens then, and trembles-
Why, then, the prettiest of brooks
Her worshipper resembles;
For in his heart, as in thy stream,
Her image deeply lies-
His heart which trembles at the beam
Of her soul-searching arms.
-Edgar Allan Poe

In this poem, the way that Poe uses personification to compare the river to people is really amazing. The beauty of the poem is seen through Poe comparing it to the beauty of a woman. The words flow so nicely, that it would be an amazing poem to hear out loud. Although Poe uses words that could be considerd cliche, like, "wandering water," and, "clear flow," he was probably one of the first words to use these to describe a water.
The impression that I took to be the true meaning of the poem was that Alberto's daughter is the young girl that Poe will later marry in life. He is comparing her beauty to the river in a very positive way, so he must like her quite a bit. I like the positive tone that the poem takes, and we see that Poe can be a very optimistich, bright writer. The alliteration and consonance in the poem really help in the way the poem is heard and how I interpret it.


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