Essay about Neglect Poem Analysis

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Feelings of “Neglect”

“Neglect” by R.T Smith explains the feelings of neglect by using imagery, metaphor, and connotation. This poem talks about a path of neglect that a man followed that led to the destruction of his red apple tree. The narrator put too much of his time and attention on his other marvels to not put it into the apple tree as well. Therefore his red apple tree, though thought to be inevitable, died and filled the narrator with regret. A regret that appears to haunt the author, and fills him with sorrow. One of the literacy devices used in “Neglect” is imagery. Towards the beginning of the poem, the author uses it in the following quote, “ skew the sap’s / passage, blacken leaves, dry the bark and heart” (lines 5-6).
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A second example of a metaphor is found when the author writes, “Smoke is all, … ,/ I’ve been given to remember” (21-22). This is an example of a metaphor because it is comparing the “smoke” to death and how he was too blinded by the other blessings he had received, and now regrets it. It connects with the meaning of the poem because it shows how if something is neglected too much, it will eventually disappear and come back to haunt the neglecter, and the only memories that will be left to remember it by is the “smoke” that it leaves behind. The third literacy device that was found throughout the poem is connotation, which the author uses frequently in the poem. The first quote is, “Is the scent of apple boughs smoking in the woodstove what I will remember…” (1-4). The word “smoke” in this poem is a connotation because it carries a meaning of sadness and death. In every quote the author has it in it brings a feeling of sadness and how he was too blind to see that death was on the verge for his loved apple tree. It connects with the poem with its ability to change the mood from what seemed to be the author becoming happier, back to the depressing tone that was throughout the poem. It kept reminding the reader of the fateful death that the tree went through and the author’s sadness. The second connotation is later in the same sentence, “… of the Red Delicious I brought down…” (1-4). The phrase “Red Delicious” is said twice
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