Richard Wilbur 's Boy At The Window

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War has changed many people 's lives, including Richard Wilbur. Richard is a poet who was in the U.S. army in World War II. According to the Poetry Foundation, the war influenced his poetry. He was born in 1912 in New York City and won the Pulitzer Prize two times and won many other awards, such as the Wallace Stevens award. One poem Richard Wilbur wrote was “Boy at the Window”. This poem is about a boy looking out a window at a snowman, but the young boy does not quite understand why the snowman has to suffer out in the cold. The theme of the poem is as one grows older they will start to understand the world more. This relates to Richard’s experience in the war. Richard was young when he went into the war and he had many fears that he could not understand before going into the war. In the poem, “Boy at the Window”, by Richard Wilbur, he shows a central idea of misunderstanding which shows the theme of as one grows older they will start to understand the world more by the context, literary devices, and mood in the poem. In the poem, “Boy at the Window”, the first way that the theme of as one grows older they will start to understand the world more is shown in the context of the poem. An example of how the context of the poem helped to show is by the quote in line 1, “Seeing the snowman standing all alone” (Wilbur). This quote is talking about a little boy looking out the window at the snowman. It helps to explain the theme because he is young and does not understand

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