The Ballad of Worldly Wealth is a depiction of how money can bring pride and corruption into a society. The subject of this poem is about money. In this poem, the author describes all about money and what it meant to people. The tone of this poem is an overall negative feeling that the author has about money and how he feels that only sometimes money can be good but mostly it causes evil. The speaker of the poem is the author and it seems like the audience are maybe people in his town. It seems as if he is watching the affects of money and people lusting over money and buying lots of expensive things just for the sake of appearances. The setting of the poem seems to be in a small town sometime in the 1800 -1900’s. The form of this…show more content…
There is also end rhyme used in the poem. For example, “Money maketh sin as snow,” and then he skips a line and says, “These alone can ne’er bestow.”
He also does it again in the lines, “Like the Good, and Truth like lies,” he skips a line and then says, “Youth, and health, and Paradise.” This poem can also be better compared to a haiku because he does things where he has five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line and then again five syllables in the third line.
The author also uses a lot of different patterns in this poem. For example,
“Money moves the merchants all” and “Money maketh Evil show.” In both of these statements, he is showing money as the driving force behind these strong statements and money is the first word in both of those sentences. The poem also has a lot of the same endings like taketh, maketh, truth, youth, health, and gaineth. These are considered patterns of sound because they all end with “th.” The word money is also repeated several times throughout this poem because this is the theme of the poem.
I think that this poem is very affective in getting across the point that money can be good sometimes, but it can be just as bad. It really makes you think about why people will sometimes do a job they hate because they earn a lot of money. It seems silly sometimes that someone would do something they hate