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The Journey by Mary Oliver
Transcript of The Journey by Mary Oliver
One day you finally realized what your dream was and you began to work towards it. Even though the people that surrounded you kept telling you it was stupid and tried to stop you from reaching your dreams, you didn't stop and avoided the thoughts of insecurity trying to reach the core of your hope. It is already late in your life, and the path from this point will be very hard with many obstacles, but step-by-step you began to brush off their negative thoughts and began to listen to your own words of motivation. They keep you company as you get closer and closer to your dream, determined to reach the only dream you were meant to be.
This poem talks about reaching one's goal in life beyond its literal meaning of a "Journey".
Form: Free Verse, Mary Oliver does not follow a specific scheme and does not rhyme her poem.
Diction: The author uses formal diction when she says "mend" and "strode", but the rest of the poem is mainly informal diction.
Imagery: "And a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones".
Point of view: The authors point of view is third person.
Repetition: The author says "(you) knew what you had to do" to assure the fact that you do know what to do with your life.
Symbolism: "A wild night, and the road full of falling branches and stone". The author is using symbolism to represent a way for life that is full of different kinds of obstacles.
Personification: "Though the wind pried with its stiff fingers…" Gives the wind the human quality of having hands and stiff fingers.
Mary Oliver's attitude in the poem, "The Journey", is some what sentimental and very motivational.
The shifts in Mary Oliver's poem are mainly setting based. For example in the beginning we are not given a setting but then the setting changes to a house when the author says "though the whole house began to tremble" and then it shifts to a road when the author says, " and the road full of fallen branches and stones"
When I read the title "The Journey" the first thing that comes to my mind is the difficulties and the accomplishment of the journey.
After reading the poem ," The Journey", I understand that the title is not meant to be interpreted in a literal sense, but a figurative sense. This is because the word " journey" is a metaphor for life, the reason for this is because in both life and a journey there are many options to chose from and there are many obstacles in the way.
The overall theme for the poem "The Journey" is that you should always follow your dreams and never stop until you reach them. Other themes in this poem are: Be yourself, not what other people want you to be. Another one is: Always strive towards your future.