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My Shadow Analysis



Author: Poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson Type: Poetry Views: 660



From Child's Garden of Verses

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow--
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes goes so little that there's none of him at all.

He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close behind me, he's a coward you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

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Can anyone answer me about what is the intention of the poet writing this poem and what is the deep meaning behind the poem. Very urgent, thank you.

| Posted on 2014-06-08 | by a guest


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Key Theme of the poem: The two personalities which the child sees himself and his darker side...the meaning gets more clear when we read the other work of the same poet.
Robert Louis Stevenson is also the author of the adult horror story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

| Posted on 2013-11-30 | by a guest


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In stanza one the poet is describing child\'s loneliness and his world of fantasy.
THE feeling of the child is described his imagination is that he thought that shadow is another person and his friend.When the child is serious he realized that shadow can\'t be a friend because it\'s not reality.EVERY action he do the same was acted by the shadow.THE child compare himself with the shadow.THE window of his room is opposite of the bed so due to this light shadow is made in front of him,so,THE shadow is the first to leap on bed before he can leap.

| Posted on 2013-05-09 | by a guest


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I think this poem talks about how he was a babyish-coward when he was small- he followed his nurssie(something like a babysitter) but one day, he wasn\'t babyish anymore, he got matured.
FROM A 8TH GRADER

| Posted on 2013-05-08 | by a guest


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this poem is saying I think how the shadow is following him but at the same time him following the shadow durrr because what ever the shadow does the boy is actually doing.durrrr again aha

| Posted on 2013-03-07 | by a guest


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Doing a Essay on this. Any recomandations? Due tomorrow.

| Posted on 2013-02-28 | by a guest


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The poem, ”My Shadow”, is about how a child is so lonely that his shadow is his friend. In my prospective a shadow cant be a friend and when its night time he has no friends. This person has a world of his own and his friend is his shadow. That proves that he has a great imagination. When the poet writes it in long lines it shows he is sad or depressed or even getting serious for that matter.

| Posted on 2013-02-28 | by a guest


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My shadow is a poem about children and their world of fantasy and imagination. The child thinks that the shadow is another person and he compares himself to it! He feels that he is funny sometimes , especially when the shadow cast is bigger than him. He sometimes feels that the shadow is bad and lazy when he is not there in the early morning. The child\'s innocence does not believe in the play of light and darkness which causes shadows, just like our lives, all in shades of black and white.

| Posted on 2012-09-25 | by a guest


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please explain the meaning of NURSIE
SPS sakhakot

| Posted on 2012-04-23 | by a guest


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please explain the meaning of x khan
SPS sakhakot

| Posted on 2012-04-23 | by a guest


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In this poem poet is just comparing between innocence and curosity of the said child . A SHADOW can never be a person\'s true friend because a true friend never leaves u at any hour whreas shadow leaves u throughout the day .

| Posted on 2012-04-03 | by a guest


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In this poem poet is just comparing between innocence and curosity of the said child . A SHADOW can never be a person\'s true friend because a true friend never leaves u at any hour whreas shadow leaves u throughout the day .

| Posted on 2012-04-03 | by a guest


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In this poem poet is just comparing between innocence and curosity of the said child . A SHADOW can never be a person\'s true friend because a true friend never leaves u at any hour whreas shadow leaves u throughout the day .

| Posted on 2012-04-03 | by a guest


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In this poem poet is just comparing between innocence and curosity of the said child . A SHADOW can never be a person\'s true friend because a true friend never leaves u at any hour whreas shadow leaves u throughout the day .

| Posted on 2012-04-03 | by a guest


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I think this poem is about a child.He is saying that he is very very like me from heels to head.The window of the kid room is opposite to his bed and because of light the shadow occurs.I think the kid wants to tell about the shadow.I loved this poem.I think that the kid wants to say that shadow is weird because it acts strangely compare to kids
SYEDA MASOOMA ZAIDI,VI-B,MIDDLE BRANCH,SHAHR-E-FAISAL

| Posted on 2012-02-21 | by a guest


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i think that this poem is about a child who is thinking that shadow is an another child who is following him it is really lazy . the hidden msg in this poem is ur good deeds and habbit affect ur life

| Posted on 2012-02-21 | by a guest


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in this poem the author Robert Louis Stevenson is telling about his own shadow that his shadow is a coward like a soldier at the back in some war by SHAHBAZ TARIQ BEACON HOUSE SCHOOL SYSTEM, MIDDLE BRANCH, KARACHI, PAKISTAN

| Posted on 2012-01-11 | by a guest


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in this poem the author Robert Louis Stevenson is telling about his own shadow that his shadow is a coward like a soldier at the back in some war by SHAHBAZ TARIQ BEACON HOUSE SCHOOL SYSTEM, MIDDLE BRANCH, KARACHI, PAKISTAN

| Posted on 2012-01-11 | by a guest


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this poem is about a little kid who thinks that the shadow is another child who is very lazy and is a coward and doesn't follow him ANYWHERE because he's not there in the night . Its basically about one's imagination and fantasies. This poem speaks about the innocence of the child. BY SHEIZA SHEIKH CLASS VI BEACONHOUSE NORTH NAZIMABAD MIDDLE BRANCH

| Posted on 2012-01-07 | by a guest


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this poem is about a little kid who thinks that the shadow is another child who is very lazy and is a coward and doesn\'t follow him ANYWHERE because he\'s not there in the night . Its basically about one\'s imagination and fantasies. This poem speaks about the innocence of the child.
Thank you. :)

| Posted on 2011-11-12 | by a guest


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this poem is about a little kid who thinks that the shadow is another child who is very lazy and is a coward and doesn\'t follow him ANYWHERE because he\'s not there in the night . Its basically about one\'s imagination and fantasies. This poem speaks about the innocence of the child.
Thank you. :)

| Posted on 2011-11-12 | by a guest


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I THINK THIS POEM IS ABOUT SHADOW THAT IS TELLING THAT ANYWHERE WE GO THE SHADOW IS WITH US AND THE CHILD IS SO FOOL THAT HE IS SAYING THAT SHADOW IS VERY FRIGHTENED BECAUSE HE IS AT BACK OF US BUT THE REALITY IS THAT THE SHADOW IS DOESNT ALIVE.TAHA

| Posted on 2011-02-21 | by a guest


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I THINK THIS POEM IS ABOUT SHADOW THAT IS TELLING THAT ANYWHERE WE GO THE SHADOW IS WITH US AND THE CHILD IS SO FOOL THAT HE IS SAYING THAT SHADOW IS VERY FRIGHTENED BECAUSE HE IS AT BACK OF US BUT THE REALITY IS THAT THE SHADOW IS DOESNT ALIVE.TAHA

| Posted on 2011-02-21 | by a guest


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Our friends like our shadow ,they stick with us physically in the raod ,and spiritually in our thoughts.
challanges sometimes force us to see ourselves more than we are in reallity,but experience always proofs the acheivement of ability.Albliwi

| Posted on 2011-02-17 | by a guest


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In this poem The poet is telling that the child thinks that the shadow is another child who is following him and behaving like him and in the poem the shadow is becoming very big and very small.
Thankyou
Omer Ahmed Class BeconHouse jubilee campus

| Posted on 2011-02-05 | by a guest


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The shadow may appeal to his emotions as an author. You know when you sometimes feel big and some time you feel smal...

| Posted on 2010-11-15 | by a guest


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in this poem the poet (robert louis stevenson)is telling us about the shadows of humans like how they behave they act they follow us or not he describe his shadow by saying him coward,arrant sleepy head and lazy.HE ALSO SAYS THAT WHENEVER HE GOES ANY WHERE THE SHADOW DIDNT FOLLOW HIM AND AT NIGHT HE GOES ANY WHERE AND DIDNT COME BACK TILL THE NEXT DAY THANK U FOR READING THIS SUMMARY
WRITTEN BY,,
FIZA FATIMA CLASS 6

| Posted on 2010-11-02 | by a guest


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My shadow reads to me as in our own alter ego, because
the actions performed by shadow is exactly opposite to ours,our left will be shadow\'s right and vice versa.so it
also shows that how man himself contradicts his own persona,though the symbol used by the poet is simple enough,but its meaning is worth a read.

| Posted on 2010-07-26 | by a guest


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My shadow reads to me as in our own alter ego, because
the actions performed by shadow is exactly opposite to ours,our left will be shadow\'s right and vice versa.so it
also shows that how man himself contradicts his own persona,though the symbol used by the poet is simple enough,but its meaning is worth a read.

| Posted on 2010-07-26 | by a guest


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The author uses this poem to describe the innocence and naiveness of children. The little child in this poem thinks that his shadow is just another little child, but one that does not know to how to behave properly. The child also describes how the shadow looks like him, but unlike him the shadow is lazy and eccentric.

| Posted on 2010-05-12 | by a guest


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this poem is about that a shadow is a weak friend when you need a friend during bad times the shadow is not present

| Posted on 2010-04-20 | by a guest


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This poem is meant to provide a theory of a good and evil as Stevenson was the author of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde. Specificaly it talks about Evil's power over good because of its complex nature.

| Posted on 2009-03-30 | by a guest


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Does this not remind you of your childhood? The comfort that you are not alone as you explore your own world. I too love this poem as well as The land of counterpane also written by the same poet.

| Posted on 2009-03-18 | by a guest


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i love this poem. i think it is about a little kid who thinks his shadow is weird because it acts strangely compared to other children. :)

| Posted on 2009-02-11 | by a guest


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I think this poem is talking about the innocence, curiosity, and imagination of young children. I think it is very cool that uses something as simple as a shadow to make such a fantastic poem.

| Posted on 2008-10-01 | by a guest


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i dont really get his poem but I think it is about just a shawdow and how they aren't always were you think they should be because of the sun behind them. :)

| Posted on 2008-04-23 | by a guest




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