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The Song My Paddle Sings
Transcript of The Song My Paddle Sings
By Pauline Johnson Rushing rapids in the river with the rocky beds
The currents are the main
obstacle in Johnson's poem.
At first it was seen as dangerous
as "the ripples curl" with "reckless waves". I imagined the river scary but yet still intriguing and magnificent. These images envoke the feelings of power and determination as the narrator paddles forward. "August is laughing across the sky,
Laughing across the sky while paddle, canoe and I
Drift, drift" The canoe and the paddle are
the major supports of the narrator.
They are her guidance as they assist
in the conquest of the river. The narrator
addresses these two objects to
"be strong, O paddle! be brave, canoe!"
In my mind, I can see that the objectives
of the canoe and the paddle to be
comforting and motivating. "And up on the hills against the sky,
A fir tree rocking its lullaby" At the end of the poem, the narrator
talks about songs and swaying of trees.
Thus producing an image of a calm
and relaxing setting in my mind. The tone
of the poem have also changed, setting
a mind at peace.
The words used in Pauline Johnson’s poem, "The Song My Paddle Sings" create an abundant amount of imagery. The poem gave me an appreciation for both nature and the narrator’s determination as we witness the journey. Johnson gives vivid and endearing descriptions of the setting; the swift current, a rocky river, and a fir tree rocking in a lullaby. Through Johnson’s words, nature and its elements are all empowered. The imagery were effectively incorporated by Johnson as the details of the journey made me feel like I, myself is on the canoe and part of this journey too. The feeling of satisfaction grows as we witness the narrator struggle initially with the incorporative sail then triumphs over the rapids with her own paddle. KELLY WONG