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The poet creates imagery according to his idea of sound of senses. The image of woods as a space of wilderness is depicted. The image of snow filling up the woods is also there.
The central idea of the poem is the responsibilities and obligations looming larger than the act of contemplating beauty and idleness. The idea is how before big final death arrives, small deaths of abandoning one’s desires keep happening.
The message of this poem is the every now and then one may stand apart from everything else in the epiphany of Nature or any beauty but one will have to eventually engage with the practical realm and fulfil promises before death.
The horse stands as a bridge between the human world of the traveller and the world of Nature. It reminds him of home by shaking the bell.
It is owned by a person who lives in the village. The narrator knows him personally. He doesn’t live in the woods he owns.
The tone of the poem is that of a candid thought which evokes mysteriousness of Nature’s beauty. When the poet says the woods is lovely, dark and deep, one also gets the idea of ominous layer all over the place. The tone is that of a longing and many say poet has also expressed his death wish in it.
Following poetic devices have been used in the poem "The Laburnum Top" written by Ted Hughes - 1. Alliteration :- “(S)eptember s()unlight”, "a (s)uddeness, a (s)tartlement", "the whole (t)ree (t)rembles", "(w)histle-chirrup (w)hispering. 2. Simile: "then sleek as a lizard" 3. Metaphor: “a machine stRead more
There are mainly three themes which I find in the poem. 1. Celebration of Youth - The poet describes the benefit of being young. According to him, a young person can do anything. He is courageous, lavish, pleasure-seeking, passionate, brave and adventurous unlike the old man who is weak, lame, joyleRead more
The poem "Crabbed Age and Youth" discusses contrast between the young and the old. In the first reading we find that the poem is simply about goodness of being young and problems of being old. However if we go better, we find something quite different. This poem is about the differences between theRead more
These words (youth I do adore thee) are spoken by a maiden in this poem. "Adore" means "love", "thee" means "you". The maiden says that he she loves youth because love is young a person must be young in order to be in love. An old person cannot fall in love.