Saturday, November 26, 2005

week 9 post 2

To the River-
By: Edgar Allen Poe

Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow
Of crystal, wandering water,
Thou art an emblem of the glow
Of beauty–the unhidden heart-
The playful 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 eyes.

Poe likes to compare the captivation of females to nature. He is a romantic. The images in this poem are specific enough where the reader can see the picture poe wants them to see but the picture may not necessarily be all the same. The first stanza of the poem describes the beauty of the river. The imagery just makes the river seem so pristine and even innocent. He adds in specifics like "alberto's daughter" though to us doesn't mean anything but he later expands on the meaning. At first when I read this poem I did not know where Alberto's daughter came from but then after reading it over I understood that the second stanza was for the daughter and it described her. The speaker addresses the river, as he creates his flow of words. The "playful maziness of art" , each of the speaker's lines of description give the river better features and more of life. When he goes to describe the feelings toward the girl, the speaker makes himself seem like he is worshipping a god. Intricately placing himself in front of this majestic beauty.

1 Comments:

Blogger Niel said...

This poem is really captivating in its imagery and descriptive nature. The way Poe is able to descrive and personify a river in this case shows a truly gifted poet. The rhyme scheme of the poem also helps out with the flow of the poem and how it reads.

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