Mitchenall's Poem

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Second Passage: “Nothing is redder than the fox,
Nothing blacker than the crow.
Be kinds to me, love me,
Take my hand and ride with me.” (Book of Songs)

“Nothing is redder”: This line and the one following it, present color against a completely white setting created by the descriptions of the snow. The colors do not hinder the purity of each nor do they contaminate it. In other words, each color exists with finite boundaries of where it ends and the other begins. This illustration goes hand in hand with the restricted commitment the women is told to make between human urges and her societal responsibilities, as shown in the previous stanza. This reveals the speaker's method of allowing for the illustrations of the nature surrounding them to replicate the inner turmoil of the woman and himself.
The red and black introduced in the first two lines of the last stanza add variety to the scenario since the former has positive associations of enlarging prosperity and celebration due its correspondence to fire which was glorified in the Chinese culture by its ability to expand with great speed. The latter represents negative aspects of human nature including corruption, and
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As seen in the seventy-fifth poem, the resist to simplify the heart allows for a human to maintain the intricacy of their emotions and therefore their individuality. Being that the fox is depicted as the reddest of all things, the line demonstrates the speaker's subjectivity towards the woman submitting to her sensualities.
One might also consider that black and white are extreme depictions of color on opposite sides of the color range considering the former is the absence of all color while the latter is all color combined into one. Red, however, is found on the range of the two which could come to represent the woman's hesitancy between leaving and
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