Traveling Through The Dark And Woodchucks Analysis

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Exploring the interaction between animals and humans, the poems “Traveling through the Dark” and “Woodchucks” both analyze this relationship with unique insightfulness. William Stafford, the author of “Traveling through the Dark,” depicts an accidental encounter with a dead deer on the road, while Maxine Kumin, the author of “Woodchucks,” invites the readers to witness a hateful holocaust against woodchucks. Although focusing on similar topics with regard to human’s reaction towards the death of animals, “Traveling through the Dark” and “Woodchucks” display a solid contrast of their use of syntax, distinguished by the complexity of their language, and the focus of their main themes, which reveals the two author’s different attitudes on men and the nature. To begin with, Stafford applies relatively simple grammatical structures and sentence types, while in contrast Kumin uses complex syntax as the major attribute of his poem. In “Traveling through the Dark,” Stafford depicts a scenario involving a man encountering a dead animal in the darkness, as he writes that “Traveling through the dark I found a deer / dead on the edge of the Wilson River road,” a simple statement that directly contextualizes the scenario that the narrator discovered a dead deer on the road (1-2). In specific, the sentences in the poem lack complicated layers of grammatical structure, but instead their composition style is close to colloquial, evident by statements like “I found a deer” and “I dragged

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