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I selected Boy at the window by Richard Wilbur. The author of this poem said he wrote the poem after seeing how distressed his five-year- old son was about the snowman they had built. This poem starts by using a depressing and somber tone from the overly dramatic perspective of a young boy. The poem is told by an omniscient outside perspective. The poet starts by describing the outdoor aspect of the snowman’s situation as being a lonely and terrifying experience as seen in lines three and four of the first stanza. “The small boy weeps to hear the wind prepare/A night of gnashing’s and enormous moan.” (Clugston,2010). It is apparent that, to this boy, this is a huge frightening storm blowing in and threatening his poor snowman. Furthermore, the use of personification and metaphors are used to describe the prediction of the storm’s violent behavior as gnashing and moaning, both are which human qualities that can sometimes express pain and anger. Specifically, gnashing paints an image of something being grinded up through extreme impact, almost like a tornado’s behavior. The poem also gives a description of the snowman’s facial expression as seen by the young boy, showing a desperation and betrayal. This poem gives a touching depth to the fear that the boy grasps and represents the emotional transfer to the snowman in the boy’s mind. The use of personification is showing when the author describes the snowman’s face “the pale faced figure with bitumen eyes”. I found this part really interesting because normally when you hear a snowman described he always has coal for eyes a carrot for a nose and a button nose. Personification is a figure of speech formed when quantities normally associated with a person are attributed to abstract things or inanimate objects’, the poem and also reminded me of my children and how they are disappointed when things don’t happen they why they would like. Irony is also characterized in this poem because the five year old boy expects that the snowman is always going to be there but what really happens is that the snowman melts away. This is irony because it shows something that was expected then something totally different occurs. I think that I was focused on the aspect that the boy was really sad about his snowman melting and how we relate to certain situations when we are younger.

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