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The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls poem questions
Transcript of The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls poem questions
Why does the author start this poem with night falling and ends with a new day starting?
Little Cousin: The poem is a sad mood because the man never returns.
Peer :. I think that this poem has a very sad/ sinister mood because the author never mentions who the traveler is he is just there and we know he is there but we don't know why
Uncle: A somber mood, because the repetition of "the tide rises, the tide falls" indicates the passing of time as if the traveler's coming is just a "normal" visit from a stranger to this lonely town where nothing seems to happen, but time. Time goes on.
The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls poem analysis
What does the second
What is the deeper
meaning of the title?
What mood do you think
this poem has? Why?
Little Cousin: Time never stops
Peer : I think that the seconds stanza is symbolizing the time of day because it is saying that the twilight darkens and the curlew is calling giving an impression of late mid day.
Uncle:It means that the passer is just temporary. The night will come, the day will pass, his footprints will be gone, as will his presence, and time will go on.
Little Cousin: The man wasted a lot of time in the sea.
Peer: I think that a deeper meaning of the title could mean that something is happening over a large period of time because it takes time for the tide to rise and for it to fall back down again and even more for it to happen multiple times.
Uncle:As said before... It alludes to time. In this case, we are reminded at the end of each stanza that time goes on, and with time, normal activities such as the dawn and the actual tide rising and falling, keep on happening. All that we do will soon be forgotten and our steps will be erased, but not time. Time will go on.
Little Cousin: The traveler was a long time in the sea
Peer : I think that the author is trying to say this as a story that took place throughout one day, it starting at night fall and ending in the beginning of the day.
Uncle: Once again, to indicate the passing of time. Especially the coming of a new day, it symbolizes that after you've come and gone, a new day will be here and probably someone new will go by just as this traveler did.
Little Cousin:The man that went to the sea never returned back.
Peer : What the author is saying in those stanzas is that it was a new day but the traveler didn't come back with them as he had before. The traveler was there when the day started he left/ disappeared.
Uncle:√TIME! And the meaninglessness of our actions in comparison to this much grater concept called time! It means that a new day is here but the traveler is not, and it doesn't really matter to anyone. The tide will keep on rising and falling forever, disregarding any traveler's meaningless doings.
What is the meaning of lines 3
and 4 in the last stanza?
(The day returns, but nevermore
Returns the traveler to the shore)
Darkness settles on roofs and walls,
But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls;
The little waves, with their soft, white hands,
Efface the footprints in the sands,
And the tide rises, the tide falls.
Poem by: HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Project by: Juan Diego Gonzalez