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Poem Analysis by Dallen and Jared
Transcript of Poem Analysis by Dallen and Jared
by James Russell Lowell
The First Snowfall
Above and Below
*These are just some of his many works.
The title of this poem is "The Fountain".
Originally we thought that the poem would be about a fountain.
After reading the poem however, we concluded that the poem's title indicates that this poem is really talking about happiness.
This might tie back into the fact that he hated slavery, and that he believed that everybody should be happy.
Into the sunshine,
Full of the light,
Leaping and flashing
From morn till night!
Into the moonlight,
Whiter than snow,
Waving so flower-like
When the winds blow!
Into the starlight,
Rushing in spray,
Happy at midnight,
Happy by day!
Ever in motion,
Blithesome and cheery.
Still climbing heavenward,
Poem Analysis by Dallen and Jared
Glad of all weathers,
Still seeming best,
Upward or downward,
Motion thy rest;—
Full of a nature
Nothing can tame,
Changed every moment,
Ever the same;—
Darkness or sunshine
Let my heart be
Fresh, changeful, constant,
Upward, like thee!
"A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions."
James Russell Lowell
"One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning." - James Russell Lowell
"Light is the symbol of truth."- James Russell Lowell
"All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action." - James Russell Lowell
Earned a law degree from Harvard
First published work in 1841
Got married to Maria White in 1844
Him and his wife were involved in the abolishing slavery
Used poetry to express his anti-slavery views
Editor of an abolitionist newspaper
Was a professor at Harvard for 20 years
Moved to Spain
Died in 1891
Paraphrasing and Meaning
Into the sun, water leaps all the time. Into the white moon, water waves in the wind like a flower. It is happy all the time. The water is always excited and moving. No matter the weather, the fountain keeps working. The fountain is nature that constantly changes. It is neither wanting or giving, but is is always simple. Let my heart be happy like a fountain.
This poem is about describing the qualities about a fountain and how the writer (James Russell Lowell) or the reader wants to be happy(like a fountain).
Personification-"Leaping and flashing."
Alliteration-"When the winds blow."
Antithesis-"Happy at midnight, happy by day!"
One of the tones of this poem is lighthearted.
"Happy at midnight, happy by day"
"Glad of all weathers."
A central theme of this poem is happiness.
We theorized that the deeper meaning of the poem is that you should try to be happy all the time.
Jared's Imagination: Water shooting towards the sky and sparkling in the sun at the top of the flight.
Dallen's Imagination: Playing in the cool sprinklers in summer with my family.
Comparing "The Fountain" to "The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls"
Both have water
Both involve night and day
Short and brief stanzas
"The Fountain" has a faster pace
"The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls" is shorter
"The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls" seems more dreamy.