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VESTIGIA

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Clyde Mariano

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Transcript of VESTIGIA

Vestigia
Form
I took a day to search for God,
And found Him not. But as I trod
By rocky ledge, through woods untamed,
Just where one scarlet lily flamed,
I saw His footprint in the sod.

Then suddenly, all unaware,
Far off in the deep shadows, where
A solitary hermit thrush
Sang through the holy twilight hush –
I heard His voice upon the air.

At last with evening as I turned
Homeward, and thought what I had learned
And all that there was still to probe –
I caught the glory of His robe
Where the last fires of sunset burned.

VESTIGIA
Poetry by Bliss Carman

And even as I marveled how
God gives us Heaven here and now,
In a stir of wind that hardly shook
The poplar leaves beside the brook –
His hand was light upon my brow.

Back to the world with quickening start
I looked and longed for any part
In making saving Beauty be …
And from that kindling ecstasy
I knew God dwelt within my heart.

Carman never attempted to secure his income by novel - writing, popular journalism, non - literary employment. He remained a poet unlike most
The poem has 25 lines and is an example of a ballad
Each stanza is in AABBA format
The poem is organized in a centered pattern
The lines were arranged in this matter to emphasize the neatness and beauty of the poem
Each line begins with a capital letter
Punctuation marks such as commas, periods and dashes are used to separate thoughts
Thought Development
First stanza
The poem is about finding traces of God in nature. "I took a day to search for God, and found him not." Countless of people devote their lives in finding God all their life and fail. When all along God blends in with the little everyday things that we usually do not notice. "But as I trod by rocky ledge, through woods untamed, just where one scarlet lily flamed, I saw his footprint in the sod." The lily that the poet had stumbled upon was considered to be God's footprint due to its simple and marvelous beauty.
Second Stanza
The second trace of God found in nature was the song of a hermit thrush (bird). "Then suddenly, all unaware, far off in the deep shadows," This explains that the poet found a trace of God where and when he least expected to find it." where a solitary hermit thrush sang through the holy twilight hush - I heard his voice upon the air."
Third Stanza
"And even as I marveled how God gives us Heaven here and now," The presence of God in nature is reinforced even as the poet marvels over everything that he has seen. " In a stir of wind that hardly shook the poplar leaves beside the brook – His right hand was light upon my brow." When the poet least expected it, another sign was given to him by God. The soft and gentle blow of the wind made the poet feel like it was God's hand. It uses great imagery to emphasize the poet's experience.
Fourth Stanza
As the poet is leaving from this solitary place and thinking that he had seen it all, he is shown another God – like beauty in nature. "At last with evening as I turned homeward, and thought what I had learned and all that there was still to probe". He looks at the sunset and is awestruck by its beauty. "I caught the glory of His robe where the last fires of sunset burned". The poet views the sun as God's robe since the sun cloaks the world with its beautiful sunlight.
Fifth Stanza
The poet realizes that seeing all of these beautiful things found in nature, it gives him a "kindling ecstasy" on how preserve all of these things. "Back to the world with a quickening start I looked and longed for any part in making saving Beauty be.... And from that kindling ecstasy I knew that God dwelt within my heart" The poet looked everywhere to find God and did not see him. When he left the world of intellect and reason, he found God when he least expected it. Not only has he found God but also found his faith that God did exist in the little things that we fail to see everyday.
Language
Reads somewhat of formal modern English literature
Vocabulary
Vestigia - a trace of something lost from the past
Brook – a small stream
Hermit – a person living in solitude
Kindling – easily combustible small sticks used to start a fire
Figure of Speech
Personification
"By rocky ledge, through woods
untamed"
Hyperbole
"Where the last fires of sunset burned"
Onomatopoeia
"Sang through the holy twilight
hush
"
Imagery
"In a stir of wind that hardly shook
The poplar leaves beside the brook"
"Just where one scarlet lily flamed"
"Where the last fires of sunset burned"
Rhyming
"I took a day to search for
God
,
And found Him not. But as I
trod
"
"By rocky ledge, through woods
untamed
,
Just where one scarlet lily
flamed
"
Personal Responses
Zach Kais
Earl Langan
Clyde Mariano
I thought the title fit well together with the content of the poem. The poet clearly has had a religious background and found what they were looking for, which in this case was God. This is the reason why the story goes well with the definition of the word vestigia which is the little traces of the past or something that is lost and rare. The poet had a unique way of making the poem flow flawlessly.
I enjoyed the rhyming pattern. It uses some of the figurative speeches extremely well throughout the poem. An example of this was how the poet made me view the trees and how it all came to life. It also kept me on the edge of my seat by how the poem was constructed. It's the kind of poem that keeps you guessing whether the poet actually finds God which countless of people devote their lives in doing so and never find Him.
Bliss Carman
Bliss Carman was born in New Brunswick, Fredrickton but lived most of his life in the United States
April 15, 1861 - June 8,1929
I felt that the poem was written and constructed quite well. It had an incredulous amount of imagery that were both captivating and fascinating. The poet's search for God was also quite a touching story. It sounded like a great spiritual journey that I would like to experience once in my life someday. I enjoyed both reading and understanding the meaning of the poem
THE END
- giving inanimate objects life like attributes
- a literary device used for exaggeration
-words that imitate sounds that they represent
- words that give out visual image
- correspondence of sound between words
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