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Personification: "he still impressed with his pride," "The fierce sunlight tugging the maize from the ground," "He was too young for all that pride. I thought of the deposed Richard II."
Metaphor: "My gaze slipped off his hat toward the empty sky that circled over over the black knot of men..."
Simile: "Settled, the bull calf lay as if asleep..."
Symbols: The calf. The little calf represented the mans innocence.
Each of devices contributed to the poems tone and meaning by emphasizing the dramatic stress and depression of the calf, the narrator, and their downfall.
Sound/Stylistic Devices The overall message in this poem is, according to Nicky, never abuse animals. However, Kara feels that the message is saying you must do things you don't wanna do within your life for many reasons. The process might be unbearable, but in order to get the outcome you want, you must go through hardships. Message Reaction The thing could barely stand. Yet taken
from his mother and the barn smells
he still impressed with his pride,
with the promise of sovereignty in the way
his head moved to take us in.
The fierce sunlight tugging the maize from the ground
licked at his shapely flanks.
He was too young for all that pride.
I thought of the deposed Richard II.
"No money in bull calves," Freeman had said.
The visiting clergyman rubbed the nostrils
now snuffing pathetically at the windless day.
"A pity," he sighed.
My gaze slipped off his hat toward the empty sky
that circled over the black knot of men,
over us and the calf waiting for the fist blow.
the bull calf drew in his thin forelegs
as if gathering strength for a mad rush...
tottered... raised his darkening eyes to us,
and I saw we were at the far end
of his frightened look, growing smaller and smaller
till we were only the ponderous mallet
the flicked his bleeding ear
and pushed him over on his side, stiffly,
like a block of wood.
Below the hill's crest
the river snuffled on the improvised beach.
We dug a deep pit and threw the dead calf into it.
It made a wet sound, a sepulchral gurgle,
as the warm sides bulged and flattened.
Settled, the bull calf lay as if asleep,
one foreleg over the other,
bereft of pride and so beautiful now,
without movement, perfectly still in the cool pit,
I turned away and wept. Nicky disliked this poem because it had very vivid imagery on how they killed the calf, which made her very upset and she cried at one point. The only part she moderately enjoyed was the outward emotion of the narrator weeping, showing his affection towards the calf.
Kara disliked this poem, but understood the meaning behind it and why it had to be portrayed in this light. It was very depressing and emotional, but she liked that the narrator wept at the end to show sensitivity.