Essay on Childhood Memories in Once More to the Lake by E.B. White

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Once More to the Lake For many people there is a sweet scent, an inviting image, the familiar sound of laughter that bring them back to a place full of childhood images. In “Once More to the Lake”, author E.B. White longs to bring his audience back to one of the most memorable places in his childhood, a camp on a lake in Maine, starting in about 1904. He shows the reader how he feels he has replaced his own father and is playing the same role he played nearly forty years earlier. White directs his essay at an anonymous audience. Read by children, it is yet another “when I was your age” story, but to an adult or parent he is quite successful in provoking old forgotten memories. The author assumes his audience will, at least somewhat,…show more content…
Whether on purpose or by accident, White has neglected to include copious examples of scents in his essay. White also tells of the wonderful tastes of Maine, the pop that burned as it backfired up his nose and the sweet doughnuts dipped in sugar. He describes for his audience the sounds of summer, the loud fuss over unpacking trunks, the familiar squeals of delight as his family arrived, the silence of the peaceful morning, the hum of boat motors. Noticeably, White has not touched much on his audience’s sense of touch. The dominant impression of White’s essay is undoubtedly one of sweet reminiscence. He is thrilled that things remain the same and says so a countless number of times. The reader will frequently come across the use of an anaphora, usually with words like same, forever, without end, unshatterable, fade-proof, infinitely. These words all give his audience a sense of perpetual life, eternal beauty, immortality. One will also see polysyndetons emphasizing the importance of each and every word he has chosen to include. White repeatedly uses the phrase, “jollity and peace and goodness”. This assists in supporting his dominant impression of fond, lasting memories. White continuously uses asyndeton in his essay, giving his audience the impression that no list he provides is ever quite complete. There will always be another sight, another smell, another sound, another taste that he has forgotten to include. In his essay, the author gives his
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