A kite is a victim Essay

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The Poem titled “A Kite is a victim” written by Leonard Cohen contains multiple tropes. Through my own analysis I propose that the author’s central focus concerns life. Cohen discusses the relationships and accomplishes that we make throughout our lifetimes. In my opinion, the kite is a metaphor for the essence of life and living. Each of the four stanzas in the poem begins with a trope. In every case the tenor is the kite. These tropes will be analyzed with regard to the central theme of the poem.
The first tenor that I will discuss can be found in the first line of the first stanza. Cohen writes:
“A kite is a victim you are sure of”.
This is personification. Leonard Cohen uses
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“A desperate trained falcon” would be a strong bird whose desperation has altered his independence. The kite or one’s livelihood is like a desperate trained falcon in that life involves freedom and great strength but each individual must be trained as they conform to society’s expectations. .
“…In the high sweet air, and you can always haul it down…”

It is always yours to control and possess.

In the last trope in the first stanza is located in the ninth line:
“to tame it in your drawer.”
This line represents a metaphor. The tenor is the taming of the falcon and the vehicle is the drawer. In my interpretation I believe that the drawer represents the confines of society. You cannot actually tame a falcon in a drawer but if the author is referring to the falcon as a person’s independence and freedom in life then the drawer represents the natural conformity within society.
“A kite is a fish you have already caught”.
This is a metaphor. Once again he makes an interesting comparison. The kite, being the central subject is the tenor of the trope and the fish already caught is the vehicle. In this case the kite is continuing to represent life. Cohen describes it as being something you already have, something you can never replace. There will never be another one coming along so you must take advantage of the one that you have been given. Cohen continues this stanza with positive advice.
“so you play him carefully and long,
and
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