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The Owl by Edward Thomas

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on 8 February 2011

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Transcript of The Owl by Edward Thomas

The Owl By: Edward Thomas Downhill I came, hungry, and yet not starved;
Cold, yet had heat within me that was proof
Against the North wind; tired, yet so that rest
Had seemed the sweetest thing under a roof.

Then at the inn I had food, fire, and rest,
Knowing how hungry, cold, and tired was I.
All of the night was quite barred out except
An owl's cry, a most melancholy cry

Shaken out long and clear upon the hill,
No merry note, nor cause of merriment,
But one telling me plain what I escaped
And others could not, that night, as in I went.

And salted was my food, and my repose,
Salted and sobered, too, by the bird's voice
Speaking for all who lay under the stars,
Soldiers and poor, unable to rejoice. Paraphrase Downhill I came, hungry, and yet not starved;
Cold, yet had heat within me that was proof
Against the North wind; tired, yet so that rest
Had seemed the sweetest thing under a roof. The man had been outdoors for a while, and had reached a point where he had had enough. He was hungry, cold and tired and could not stay outdoors for a moment more. Then at the inn I had food, fire, and rest,
Knowing how hungry, cold, and tired was I.
All of the night was quite barred out except
An owl's cry, a most melancholy cry Even though he has everything he wanted in the first place, he hasn't recovered from the cold. And this is all that he thinks about until he hears the depressing cry from ouside in the cold. Shaken out long and clear upon the hill,
No merry note, nor cause of merriment,
But one telling me plain what I escaped
And others could not, that night, as in I went. The owl's depressing cry echoed across the hills, and it emphasized to the man how lucky he was to escape the dreadful cold. Nothing other than the owl's cry could have depicted the conditions outdoors. And salted was my food, and my repose,
Salted and sobered, too, by the bird's voice
Speaking for all who lay under the stars,
Soldiers and poor, unable to rejoice. The night was seasoned with the owl's melancholy cry, as he rested throughout the bitter night. The man's mood was dampened, and the owl's cry reminded him how lucky he was to be in his cozy inn. Literary Elements Imagery Structure Theme
References "the night quite barred out" Visual imagery;
the night was very distant
from inside the man's room "owl's cry, a most melancholy cry" Auditory imagery;
the owl's cry was
very gloomy. "Salted and sobered, too, by the bird's voice" Gustatory imagery;
the night was seasoned by
the bird's gloomy cry 4 Stanzas 16 lines Hungry Cold Tired owl The owl is a reoccuring theme reference throughout the poem, the owl's cry was the only reason the man realized the theme. The man focuses on his hunger at the beginning of the poem, this is one of the things that distracted him from the beauty of the world. another distraction from the world the feeling that both the owl and the man go through, and yet another distraction from the beauty of the world Theme/Thesis Appreciate the life you have, because the people and animals around you may not have the same privileges you do. THE END :D 1878 - 1917
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