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The Groundhog

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Transcript of The Groundhog

The Groundhog Works Cited
Title: The Groundhog

The groundhog is, in a way, a symbol of rebirth since the holiday groundhog day celebrates the possibility of a new season
The groundhog is also about making decisions since on groundhog day, he decides if it will be winter, or spring
From seeing just the title, we thought the poem would be about rebirth or possibly making decisions
After reading the poem, the title is ironic because the poem expresses that no one is 'reborn' and no one escapes death Richard Eberhart Shifts The Groundhog Paraphrase Connotation...

Analysis of Attitude By: Anvita, Emily, Sean Other books of Richard Eberhart: By: Richard Eberhart Born April 5, 1904 in Austin Minnesota
Graduated from Dartmouth in 1926
He was inspired to start writing after his mother died of cancer
He served in World War II
He has published 20 books The Fury of Aerial Bombardment
Death
Questioning of life and death
Virginia
Burr Oaks
Shifts of Being Social Issues
Life and Death
Mortality
Acceptance
Tension between childhood and adulthood Other themes found in his books: The groundhog represents the morality of living creatures
The poem goes through the stages of life
When he sees the groundhog as a boy, 'sunless trembling' came over him because he was exposed to the idea of death
After he leaves the groundhog, he returns and describes it as a 'bony sodden hulk' and the boy is uncomfortable with the thought of death
Being uncomfortable with the thought of death, "praying for joy in the sight of decay" he wishes for the dead groundhog to just disappear The boy continuously returns to see the groundhog in order to truly accept the death of the groundhog
From experiencing death, he has an experience that robs him of his innocence but from this, he gains wisdom as said when he is, 'mured up in the wall of wisdom'.
Knowing that life is not eternal somewhat bitters him and makes him have a more pessimistic outlook on life which relates to the attitude or tone of the poem for example, "the year had lost its meaning, i lost both love and loathing" More negative approach in his writing
We believe this is due to the authors violent experiences in life like fighting in World War II
The language he uses has a harsher and less kind connotation such as...
'I poked him with an angry stick'
'I lost both love and loathing'
Has very deep and sometimes depressing thoughts The Groundhog by Richard Eberhart ⢠6 Poems by Richard EberhartEdit." The Groundhog by Richard Eberhart Classic Famous Poet. Social Design, 2012. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.
Jones, Chris. "Analyzing The Groundhog, a Poem by Richard Eberhart." Yahoo! Contributor Network. Omg and Yahoo! News Network, 2013. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.
Yoon, P. "Educational English Papers." : The Groundhog Analysis. N.p., 22 Aug. 2007. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.
"Robert Frost." About.com Poetry. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2013. A man is walking through a meadow when he sees a dead groundhog on the ground. He then begins to tremble and look at the dead creature with sadness. He then poked the animal with an angry stick! The man returns the next fall and twice again in the year after that. The man loses feelings of loving and loathing after seeing the groundhog repeatedly and wishes the groundhog would just disappear. Eventually three years later, the groundhog's carcass had disappeared and the man was very touched. Analysis of Shifts Throughout the poem, the boy leaves and returns a couple of times, and matures with each visit he makes to see the dead groundhog
As he grows up, that is where the stanzas end and begin, because it symbolized a new point in the life of the boy
In the second to forth stanzas, when he first discovers the groundhog, he is terrified at the fact that one day, he will be dead, just like the groundhog
In the eighth stanza is when the boy truly accepts the idea that he is not immortal and nobody is. One day he is going to die just like the groundhog and although it does bitter him towards life it seems from the tone of the poem, he gains wisdom from this knowledge Theme of The Groundhog The overall theme highlights the topics:
Acceptance of Death - not wanting to accept it, but in the end he does
Morality - everybody will and must die at some point of time Analysis of the Title The shifts were represented by the growth of the character through age. They were also represented by the time of the year. "I poked him with an angry stick" - this represents childhood because, the man pokes the animal with a stick like a child would.
"Trying for control, to be still. To quell the passion of the blood" - This is a shift because it show the growth of the character becoming an adult and maturing.
"I lost both love and loathing. Mured up in the wall of wisdom" -This is another shift, illustrating the wisdom of the "old" man
"In June" - The poem starts off in June
"In Autmun" - The poem then shifts to Autumn
"Another summer" - The poem shifts again to another time of the year.
"It has been three years now" - The last shift happens when the author comes back to the present Romanticism is used to exaggerate the theme
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