Tone, Theme, and Symbolism in Boy at the Window” by Richard Wilbur

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Poem Reflection Poetry is tricky because very few words are used in them. Authors use hidden meaning in their words to get the reader’s attention. The messages in the words are to be found by symbols which naturally do not mean what we think they mean but to an author it means something different. Understanding what poems are and how they are worded is the key to finding the hidden message. The poem that I have decided to write about is “Boy at the Window” by Richard Wilbur. Richard Wilbur said that he wrote “Boy at the Window” after seeing how distressed his five-year-old son was about a snowman they had built (Clugston, 2010). As I was reading the poem I could tell that this might just have been a personal experience that the author …show more content…

There is also rhyme that is used in the poem to help create more desire to the poem. Richard uses words in his poem that rhyme to create sounds that are appealing to our sense and to unify and create a poems form. The way he uses “alone/moan” go together and give off a sense of sadness. We know at this point that the boy is fearful for what may happen to the snowman being outside. The poet uses alterations in his poem to show creativity. By using rhyme in his poem it helps give us more insight on the theme of the poem. There are many different elements that help you understand what the theme of the poem is but the ones that stuck out the most to me were the rhyme and our next element I will be talking about also helps you to identify the theme of the poem. The next element that stood out to me was symbolism. In the poem Richard’s verse “A night of gnashings and enormous moan” to most would not make sense but to me I read it as a storm was coming and it was going to be a big one. Having read the verse “The small boy weeps to hear the wind prepare” tells me that he could hear the wind coming in strong and felt that the snowman needed to be inside. The boy was sad that the snowman was not inside where he was safe from the elements of the weather. Throughout the poem there were many symbols used “He melts enough to drop from one soft eye” begins to tell me that the snowman is starting to shed a tear for he knows how the boy is feeling. To others this may just mean that

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