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"Huge Vapours Brood Above the Clifted Shore" -By Charlotte S
Transcript of "Huge Vapours Brood Above the Clifted Shore" -By Charlotte S
Huge Vapours Brood Above the Clifted Shore
By: Mattea, Anita
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Before we analyze this poem, let's look a little closer at what the title tells us about the meaning of the poem. The title can tell us the deeper meaning of the poem:
"Huge Vapours Brood Above the Clifted Shore" We can infer that this poem might be mysterious because vapours by the shore indicate fog which is known to cause problems.
These problems might have something to do with the sea because "shore" is by the sea.
Huge vapours brood above the clifted shore,
Night o'er the ocean settles, dark and mute,
Save where is heard the repercussive roar
Of drowsy billows, on the rugged foot
Of rocks remote; or still more distant tone
Of seamen, in the anchored bark, that tell
The watch relieved; or one deep voice alone,
Singing the hour, and bidding "strike the bell."
All is black shadow, but the lucid line
Marked by the light surf on the level sand,
Or where afar, the ship-lights faintly shine
Like wandering fairy fires, that oft on land
Mislead the pilgrim; such the dubious ray
That wavering reason lends, in life's long darkling way.
Connotation helps us to draw conclusions about the poem. Literary devices help us to understand what the poem is trying to portray.
Personification is the act of giving inanimate objects human traits. Smith uses personification when she talks about that the vapours are brooding, that the night is mute, the drowsy billows, and the rugged foot.
Simile is the act of comparing two things using like or as. Smith uses a simile when she compares "ship-lights" to "fairy fires."
Symbolism is the literary technique used to make something have a deeper meaning. Smith uses symbolism in an interesting way. The sea is a symbol for going on the wrong path in life. This concept is especially true in the rhyming couplet at the end of the poem.
Onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like what it means. Smith uses this technique when she says, "repercussive roar."
Attitude lets us know the speakers point of view on the topic. It helps us think about whether or not we as the reader should be: angry, sad, lonely, etc. while reading.
Diction: The words that stand out to us that have a negative connotation are: "repressive roar", black, and dubious. These words are negative because they all symbolize something dark and sad. The have a cacophonous sound which means that they sound harsh. The words that stand out to us as having a positive connotation are: settles, mute, relieved, lucid, and "fairy fires." These words all have a calming and relaxing effect.
Images: The words dark and mute help create the image that we see in our minds. This is a visual cue. Other visual cue is the ship-lights looking like "fairy fires", the "huge vapours", the "drowsy billows", and the "light surf on the level sand."
Details: The facts of this poem are: it's nighttime, it's on a shore (the ocean), the waves are crashing against the cliffs making a lot of fog and mist, and there are many bright lights reflecting on the water from ships in the distance.
Sentence structure: Smith uses fragments of sentences. They even appear to be run on sentences, as it is hard to figure out where the sentence ends. Smith's sentences seem to grammatically irregular.
Overall the attitude is mysterious and dark.
Shifts tell us when the writer's thoughts and ideas change.
The poem begins very descriptively. The first 8 lines describe the setting, which is the shore line, the cliffs, the water, and the sounds from the ships.
The last 6 lines begin descriptively, but then lead into what the meaning of the poem is. The meaning is in the last two lines.
Now that we have analyzed the poem we can now have a better idea as to what the title really means.
We believe that the title means that the girl is pondering life's big choices and directions.
The theme of the poem is what we are supposed to take away from the poem.
We think the theme of this poem is that it is easy to get caught up in the luxuries of life and be misled by them, but you need to think of the consequences before you make any rash decisions.