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Boy at the Window
Transcript of Boy at the Window
How do you interpret the last line of the poem?
"Such warmth, such light, such love, and so much fear." 3.)
How does Wilbur's background influence the poem? 6.)
define figurative language and find examples in the poem. Boy at the Window
Richard Wilbur 4.)
What is the mood and tone of the poem and how did Wilbur create it? 5.)
What is the point of view and how does it affect the poem? 8.)
Define an allusion and find one example 1.)
what is the theme of the poem and how did Wilbur convey his message to the reader? 7.)
Define a couplet and find examples in the poem. Richard Purdy Wilbur
born: March 1st, 1921 in New York
3 children: Christopher, Nathan, and Ellen
education: Amherst College, Harvard University, Montclair High school
editor of his college newspaper
fought in WWII
showed interest in poetry since WWII
often described his experiences in the war through poetry
written several children's books (disappearing alphabet, pig in the spigot, game of catch)
gifted prolific translator ( translating in abundance
natural ability and ease with formal verse helped his work when translating french plays and poetry
often faced criticism from people about hie WWII poems. they believed it sent the wrong message.
Wilbur believed the notion of being a poet of praise and not complaint is a matter of running from reality Answer Mood: Bittersweet. the boy doesn't understand the world but he is innocent enough to care about a snowman
Tone: "seeing the snowman standing all alone in dusk and cold is more than he can bear."
"such warmth, such light, such love, and so much fear." Answer: 3rd person omniscient. it shows how both the snowman and child feel and helps the reader comprehend the feelings of the poem better Answer Couplet: successive lines of a verse that rhyme
"In dusk and cold is more than he can bear
the small boy weeps to hear the wind prepare"
"Having no wish to go inside and die
still, he is moved to see the youngster cry" Answer Allusion: a reference to, or representation, of, people, places, events, literacy work, myths, or work of art, either directly or by implication
"Returns him such a God-forsaken stare
as outcast Adam gave to paradise" Answer
The boy has everything to be happy about, but he still has a fear of the world, one that he doesn't even understand Answer being involved in WWII made Wilbur realize how naive children and young adults are. it showed him the many fears of the world that he didn't understand before going to war Answer theme: the innocence of children and how they don't understand the world.
the fact that the boy was worried about the snowman staying outside when that's where he will prosper best, symbolizes the boy not understanding the world Answer Figurative Language: language that has meaning beyond its literal meaning
"the pale faced figure with bitumen eyes" (imagery)
"he melts enough to drop from one soft eye
a trickle of the purest rain, a tear" (personification)
"The man of snow is nonetheless, content" (personification Boy at the window pg 527