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Poetry Analysis Assignment: Footprints in the Sand

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Hailey Fournier

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Poetry Analysis Assignment
"Footprints in the Sand"

The Poem:
By: Mary Stevenson (1936)
The Form & Mood/Tone
The form of this poem is didactic because it is teaching a lesson. The teaching is that you are never to feel alone at anytime in your life but also at the most trying times of your life.
The mood of this poem is somber (gloomy), and in some ways it is intense because it's a more spiritual poem.
The tone of the poem is empathetic (caring), tranquil, and calming.
The Action, Setting & Characters, and the Audience
The action of the poem is walking, thinking, and imagining. The poem takes place on a beach (the sand) by the shore, and the characters are anybody (one person), and God.
The audience of this poem is not age specific. It can touch anybody at anytime in their life, good or bad.
Devices & Lesson
Metaphor: (2.1) "many scenes from my life flashed across the sky"- it grabs the readers attention (as it is an intense moment in a persons life).

Illusion: (9.2&3) "the times when you have only seen one set of footprints is when I carried you"- explains the meaning of the poem, as you are never alone at anytime, God can't physically carry you.

Illusion: (6.1,2,3) "You promised me, Lord, that if I followed You, You would walk with me always"-because God can't physically walk beside you but can in faith.
The lesson or the moral of the poem is that during any point of your life, you are never to feel alone. God will always be beside you, and carrying you if needed, at anytime. You are always to feel loved, and supported.
By: Hailey Fournier
Personal Reaction
I like this poem because it relates to every single person. It makes me feel loved, grateful and faithful because I know I will always have God by my side throughout my life no matter how difficult things may be.
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