It Is A Beauteous Evening Poem

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“It is a beauteous evening” – Analysis Wordswoth’s “It is a beauteous evening”, which is one of the poet’s most famous sonnets, deals with themes of nature, love, time and youth. It is unaffected in its delivery and the message is direct and easy to discern, as can be illustrated by the simple, straightforward and elegant literary techniques employed throughout the poem. Analysis of the poem follows. “It is a beauteous evening” is laid out in iambic pentameter, because of this and the end-rhyme we can assume that this poem uses the classic Petrarchan sonnet form. The poem is divided in two sections namely: an octave (the first eight lines) and a sestet (The last six lines). Wordsworth used the Petrarchan form, but changed the octave from…show more content…
Personification when he says “gentleness of heaven” and “heaven broods” is emotional words given to the sky that lies on the oceans. The speaker contrasts the vastness of the sky to the never-ending nature of the ocean. The speaker creates a feeling of durability as he describes the beauty of the night. In addition the speaker says, “quiet” and “tranquillity” to further support this, however this serenity is lost suddenly through the word “Listen!” that he so passionately states through the use on an exclamation mark. This creates a mood of intensity, thus establishing the night’s everlasting nature. Another metaphor used strikingly is used later when the speaker says, “...his eternal motion make / A sound like thunder – everlastingly”. The image of thunder is in contrast with the previous image of “gentleness of heaven”. This “mighty being” that is making “motion” in the ocean can be God and it appears that he has taken away the calmness of the evening. However one can notice that the speaker makes a distinction. Neither the tone nor the diction reveals that the evening has lost its beauty but rather changed in the eyes of the
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