Analysis of the Poem Winter Piece by Charles Tomlinson Essay

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Winter-Piece, by Charles Tomlinson, depicts the effects of the wintery season; blinds are drawn, windows are sprayed with hail and possibly rain and snow. The fierce wind closes the gates ‘like gunshot’. Birds, like crows, are coerced to fly away leaving behind them a home which they once loved, due to the cold that deprives them of the provision of food. The spider ends up frozen to death, ‘ death-masked in cold ‘ yet it does not let go f its grip. Through the thick snow, the house peeks out behind ‘its holed and ragged glaze ‘, which highlight sense if destruction and mutilation.

This piece of literary work has a free form, and it is made up of one stanza, hence the poet does not utilize stanza breaks, with twenty-one verses. The poem
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Winter-Piece, by Charles Tomlinson, depicts the effects of the wintery season; blinds are drawn, windows are sprayed with hail and possibly rain and snow. The fierce wind closes the gates ‘like gunshot’. Birds, like crows, are coerced to fly away leaving behind them a home which they once loved, due to the cold that deprives them of the provision of food. The spider ends up frozen to death, ‘ death-masked in cold ‘ yet it does not let go f its grip. Through the thick snow, the house peeks out behind ‘its holed and ragged glaze ‘, which highlight sense if destruction and mutilation.

This piece of literary work has a free form, and it is made up of one stanza, hence the poet does not utilize stanza breaks, with twenty-one verses. The poem has no rhyme scheme- free verse, therefore it is not musical, making these lines humourless and more serious. Employment of punctuation is translucently visual, due to the strong use of commas, therefore creating a pause so to wind down the reader, for that reason using caesura, making the poem have a slow flow. Tomlinson works with grammatically correct, standard English , and an extensive variety of vocabulary which is obvious yet bold at times. This technique, of using such glossary, enhances the images formed in the readers mind.

There is a duality in the meaning of the poem- war and the coldness of winter. Words like ‘embattled’, ‘mediaeval glass’, ‘gunshot’, ‘five-barred’, may suggest an image of the cold war. Thus, the description of
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