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"To the Cuckoo"

By: Jannis Lim, Sarah Gorham, & Ambica Chopra

Jannis Lim

on 11 January 2013

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Transcript of "To the Cuckoo"

Close Reading More annotations Wordsworth's "To the Cuckoo" Let's dig a little deeper into
the passage :) By:
Ambica Chopra
Sarah Gorham
Jannis Lim "To the Cuckoo"
Wordsworth By:
Ambica Chopra
Sarah Gorham
Jannis Lim How to do a close reading... First, read the poem to get the the general idea of the content. Summarize the poem in your own words to see if you understood the poem. Take each stanza and evaluate specifically for figurative language, punctuation, theme, and syntax. While analyzing the each stanza of the poem, mark these devices. For example, look for rhythm, metaphors, similes, parallelism, personification, imagery, alliteration, and assonance. Take note of the general tone, and search for any patterns. Highlight unusual or interesting diction choices by the author. Tie in the major themes of the poem with the emotions presented in the poem. Consider the senses of seeing and hearing, particularly in the pastoral scenes. O BLITHE New-comer! I have heard,
I hear thee and rejoice.
O Cuckoo! shall I call thee Bird,
Or but a wandering Voice? New-Comer: Welcoming tone of spring
He can hear the birds singing
when spring begins. I hear thee and rejoice: Feeling of warmth
from bird's voice is illustrated Wandering voice: the voice of the bird,
which the author is unable to find.
Voice is always on the move as the man
is unable to find it. ANNOTATIONS Though babbling only to the Vale,
Of sunshine and of flowers,
Thou bringest unto me a tale
Of visionary hours. sunshine and flowers:
All part of nature, which
is a pastoral scene.
Creates imagery Thou bringest unto me a tale
of visionary hours:
Cuckoo brought back many
memories, which triggers
passionate feelings of
He is able to envision his past
for hours. Vale:
Vale is Valley
It creates a rhythmic
Author's diction creates particular sound. And I can listen to thee yet;
Can lie upon the plain
And listen, till I do beget
That golden time again. And I can listen to thee yet;
Can lie upon the plain:
He listens to the bird while laying in the plains That golden time again:
It refers to the author's childhood,
and how it was the most cherished,
and happy time period. In the poem, "To the Cuckoo," the author, William Wordsworth, describes the significance of a cuckoo bird in his life. His poem focuses on how the cuckoo bird in like spring, a season that welcomes happiness and vitality. Therefore his tone is merrisome and light. Wordsworth also uses imagery and other literary devices to convey the immortality and visionary gleam he feels when he hears the cuckoo. Sample Introductory Body Paragraph Concluding Paragraph Wordsworth is overwhelmed with feelings of happiness and comfort when he hears the cuckoo bird's voice. He welcomes the audience to spring on multiple occasions. Spring represents youth, happiness, and freedom. Wordsworth wants to remember his youth as it can be acquainted to truth and divinity. The cuckoo bird is immortal because it serves as a gateway, for the man is able to reconnect with his childhood innocence and joy. Theme: Nature
Subject: Man looking back at his childhood
Tone: happiness, wistful
Rhythm: 8-6-8-6 pattern syllable count
Rhyme: abab
Atmosphere: tranquil 8-6-8-6 rhythm scheme In the first stanza, Wordsworth seems excited for spring and seeks to find the voice of the cuckoo. He says, "From hill to hill it seems to pass, at once far off, and near" (7-8). Here, Wordsworth is able to hear the wandering voice of the cuckoo bird both up close and far away. Wordsworth was also able to hear the voice when he was a child. "The same whom in my school boy days I listened to; that cry" (17-18). Wordsworth was able to listen to the bird in his past and is able tto listen to it in the present. This represents the immortality of the bird in voice and in its significance to Wordsworth's joy
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