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Dew-Drop and Diamond

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Samara Armarègo

on 20 October 2014

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Transcript of Dew-Drop and Diamond

Symbolism - Diamond
The woman that Grave's calls a "Diamond" is representing the woman as someone who is seen as something of complete beauty, something that is desired my most people.
A simile is a direct comparison between two unlike things using the words "like" or "as".

There are two similes in this poem, these similes are in lines 4 and 5.

In line 4 it says, "She like a diamond shone". This is a simile as Graves is talking about a woman being a diamond, yet no human can be a inanimate object and have the ability to have shone.

In line 5 it says, "You shine like a early drop of dew". This is a simile as it's stating that a person is a drop of dew, when like the above simile no-one can be a drop of dew and have the ability to physically shine.
Tone & Mood
Dew-drop and Diamond
is written in 1st person as Graves has written the poem as if he is talking to the "dew-drop" woman.

The audience that this poem is aimed at are teenagers and adults, mostly as it is talking about relationships and feelings towards others.
Rhyming schemes are made by the arrangement of rhymes in a stanza or a whole poem. In order to understand the rhyming scheme of a poem, the lines are given a letter in order to be able to recongise which lines have words that rhyme.

The rhyming scheme of this poem is aabccb. This rhyming scheme is repeated in each stanza. The type of rhymes in this poem are end-rhymes as the rhyming words only occur at the end of each line.
1 The difference between you and her
2 (Whom I to you did once prefer)
3 Is clear enough to settle:
4 She like a diamond shone, but you
5 Shine like an early drop of dew
6 Poised on a red rose petal.

7 The dew-drop carries in its eye
8 Mountain and forest, sea and sky,
9 With every change of weather:
10 Contrariwise, a diamond splits
11 The prospect into idle bits
12 That none can piece together.
Dew-Drop and Diamond
By Robert Graves

The structure of any poem is very important. A poem's structure is made up of lines, stanzas and form.

Dew-drop and Diamond
consists of 12 lines and 2 stanzas. The form of this poem is closed as it has a fixed structure and pattern.
Rhythm is a series of verbal stresses that are used in a regular pattern of accented syllables that are separated by unaccented syllables. Rhythm is measured in specific meter

The rhythm of
Dew-Drop and Diamond
is written in four blocks, every three lines is one block, the first two lines of the block both has eight syllables and the last line has seven syllables.
The tone of the poem is determined by the way that the author has written it and how it is intended to be read as. Tone can also refer to the overall mood of the poem.

The tone of the poem is loving, as with the mood conveyed towards the "dew-drop". The mood towards the "diamond" at the start it was fondness (line 4), yet at the end it seemed quite like the "diamond" was a lost cause (lines 10-12). When Grave's was writing this poem he may have been feeling a bit nostalgic about the woman that he once preferred, throughout the poem he is expressing the love that he has for this woman.
Speaker & Audience
Poetic Devices
Rhyming Scheme
Poets use poetic devices in their poems to create some form of structure within their poem, they also use poetic devices to make their poem more appealing and interesting to the audience.

The poetic devices used in this poem are:
The Rhyming Scheme
Tone and Mood
In the poem, poet Robert Graves is talking about how he once preferred a woman whom he refers as a "diamond" to the woman who he prefers now, whom he he refers as a "dew-drop".

This poem is about two women and the influence that they have had on Graves, which means that this poem is based on love and relationships.
Symbolism is very important in poems as it gives meaning to the poem and helps describe what it happening.

The symbolism in
Dew-Drop and Diamond
are 'Diamond' and 'Dew-Drop
. The diamond and the dew-drop both represent something other than what it actually is.

Imagery is the use of words or phrases to evoke images and emotion in the audience's mind.

By using the words "Diamond" and "Dew-Drop" to describe the women. The imagery that it evoked in the audience's mind is that the "Diamond" is the epitome of beauty and the perfect person, whereas the "Dew-Drop" is something that can be seen as something bland compared to the "Diamond".

In lines 7 & 8 when Grave's is talking about how the dew-drop holds the mountains, forests, seas and skies, it provides the image that the "Dew-Drop" is a lot more beautiful through the fact that it can hold the beauty of nature.
This poem was most likely written on the account of a life event that has happened to Graves. Meaning that the women that were written about has had some effect on him.

Many people may have also had these type of events happen in their life which means that this poem is relatable to the audience.
Symbolism - Dew-Drop
The woman that is described as a "Dew-Drop" is compared to the woman that is described as a "Diamond". Graves says that even though the woman is a "Diamond" he prefers the "Dew-Drop".This "Dew-Drop" symbolises someone who is a lot more normal than a diamond' someone that is more important than a diamond.
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