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The Cross of Snow-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Transcript of The Cross of Snow-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
of Snow By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow -The speaker of this poem is the
author, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
-The poem is about the tragic death
of his wife and the comparison
between the cross of snow and
his undying love for his wife. Speaker of the Poem The emotions that this poem conveys are love, sorrow, and grieving. Emotion Longfellow's diction is very sophisticated and proper.
This diction helps the audience understand the
emotions he feels in this poem. Diction Setting The poem begins in Longfellow's Cambridge home shortly after his wife's death. The setting then skips to 18 years later while Longfellow is looking through a book and comes across the cross of snow on a mountain in Colorado. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) Henry
27, 1807. In 1821, Longfellow enrolls at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. In 1826, Longfellow
studies in Europe. In 1829
College. In 1831,
Potter. Mary dies in 1835 while Longfellow is over in Europe. In 1843 Longfellow
marries his second
professor of French
and Spanish at
Harvard University. In 1861, Fanny dies
in a fiery accident
at their home.
to save her and gets
injuries to his face
as well. In 1882, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow dies. Presented By:
Rachel Braun Tone and Attitude The tone and attitude of this poem goes from sorrow and grief to eternal love. Figurative Language The end of the poem
is a metaphor by
comparing the cross
of snow to his love. The Meaning of The Cross of Snow The meaning of this poem is a way for Longfellow to grieve and get over his wife's death. Then in the end to show is undying love for her through the cross in the snow and the comparison to the cross on his heart. Senses The only sense in this poem is sight. Longfellow
sees the picture of his wife with a halo of light
around it. He also sees a mountain with a cross
of snow on it, and the cross that he wears on his
breast that shows his love for his wife. Structure and Rhyme Scheme Elements of Romanticism Exotic Settings: the mountain with the cross
of snow on it, the room that his wife died in,
and the scenes and seasons that change over
eighteen years. Structure:
-one stanza. The Cross of Snow -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow In the long, sleepless watches of the night,
A gentle face--the face of one long dead--
Looks at me from the wall, where round its head
The night-lamp casts a halo of pale light.
Here in this room she died, and soul more white
Never through martyrdom of fire was led
To its repose; now can in books be read
The legend of a life more benedight.
There is a mountain in the distant West
That, sun-defying, in its deep ravines
Displays a cross of snow upon its side
Such is the cross I wear upon my breast
These eighteen years, through all the changing scenes
And seasons, changeless since the day she died. Emotion: the true love he describes for his wife,
the grief and healing of his wife's death Symbols -halo of light around the wife's picture symbolizes his wife who died and he believes her to be an angel. -cross of snow symbolizes his never fading love for his wife by relating it to the cross he wears of his heart because the snow never melts. Imagination: the imagination of the cross on his breast Nostalgia: living in the past of his wife's death Analogy- Displays a cross
of snow upon its side.
Such is the cross I wear
upon my breast
Alliteration The legend of a life more benedight.