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The Woodspurge Analysis



Author: Poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti Type: Poetry Views: 514



The wind flapp'd loose, the wind was still,
Shaken out dead from tree and hill:
I had walk'd on at the wind's will,--
I sat now, for the wind was still.

Between my knees my forehead was,--
My lips, drawn in, said not Alas!
My hair was over in the grass,
My naked ears heard the day pass.

My eyes, wide open, had the run
Of some ten weeds to fix upon;
Among those few, out of the sun,
The woodspurge flower'd, three cups in one.

From perfect grief there need not be
Wisdom or even memory:
One thing then learnt remains to me,--
The woodspurge has a cup of three.


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| Posted on 2014-08-31 | by a guest


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The powerful aaaa rhyme scheme of Woodspurge creates a monotonous effect. The dull echoes of 'still/hill/will/still' use clumsy rhyming of the same word (still). The word 'wind' is also repeated, dully, four times in the first verse - creating an almost hypnotic effect, of echoing round small acoustic spaces. The field of vision is narrowed still in the second stanza when the poet puts his head between his knees, to look down. At the same time, the aaaa rhyme sags. 'Alas/was' do not quite rhyme with each other. In addition - oddly - the poet tells us he does 'not' say 'Alas.' Neither 'alas' nor 'was', rhyme with 'grass/pass' though they look as if they should. This sense of monotonous fracture (wrongness) that we feel in the rhyme and repetition echoes the poet's mood. The effect is of empty echoes that become claustrophobia.

| Posted on 2014-03-05 | by a guest


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Rosetti uses nature as a distraction, to help him forget about his sadness. the main subject of the poem is grief, in the beginning he refers to the wind as fate, he goes wherever it takes him. the cup of three refers to his family members, only 3 of them are left:(

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest


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Rosetti uses nature as a distraction, to help him forget about his sadness. the main subject of the poem is grief, in the beginning he refers to the wind as fate, he goes wherever it takes him. the cup of three refers to his family members, only 3 of them are left:(

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest


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Rosetti uses nature as a distraction, to help him forget about his sadness. the main subject of the poem is grief, in the beginning he refers to the wind as fate, he goes wherever it takes him. the cup of three refers to his family members, only 3 of them are left:(

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest


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This poem shows how to drop shots and do an over head kick.

| Posted on 2013-10-16 | by a guest


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Banter,everywhere? Where does it live?
No one knows, wiffy banter, a smell
Like no other, recognisable from the
Earths very crust, on every inch of
The planet. Flying banter, running
Banter, bantersouras rex, the
Arch bishop of banterbury.
Rofl copter. Bare lols. Fc banterlona
The woodspurge, my life, my story
My banter.

| Posted on 2013-10-16 | by a guest


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woodspurge is about the author in intense grief which is almost uncontrollable. Rosseti describes his grief with the help of nature, it plays an indirect role in this poem. Wind,sun,plant ect to describe his mental and physical state at that moment. He then learns one thing in the end that in perfect grief sometimes nothing remains even the cause of the grief doesn\'t remain in our memory. All he notices is a plant, the woodspurge in the end when he comes back to the normal world.

| Posted on 2013-05-19 | by a guest


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i think that sam .j poem is similar to rossetti and he needs to stop playing minecraft

| Posted on 2013-03-06 | by a guest


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İn conclusion, we can say that this poem shows the pyschology of a person experiencing great sadness, mental and emotional distress, acure mental awereness. Even when the emotions started to fade, the memory of a single detail remained. We can also say that nature plays an indirect role, like a background for preperation of the persons responses and feelings in certain conditions.

| Posted on 2012-12-06 | by a guest


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the poem is infact anti-romantic, meaning it is quite the opposite to nature..
The author is actually negatively connoting the nature rather than describing how splendid it is..
DO YOU UNDERSTANDD???

| Posted on 2012-12-02 | by a guest


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Rossetti does not focus on nature at all in this poem even though a natural object is the title, instead Rossetti uses the natural aspect present in this poem as tool to force the reader to acknowledge the narrator\'s state of mind.
The narrator is initially shown as wandering aimlessly and is passive in his movement since he is drifting on the wind, allowing the wind, this natural entity, to dictate his movements. This shows the reader the narrator\'s blank, aimless, almost defeated state of mind.
Nature is then later re-introduced in the form of the woodspurge, this weed, having \'three cups in one\', three flowers in one. This woodspurge distracts the man from his deep emotional state of despair...
The rest of my analysis can be found here

| Posted on 2012-11-15 | by a guest


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The Woodspurge” is about the narrator’s grief and that an insignificant detail or image can remain vivid after emotional pain is forgotten. It concentrates on creating emotional effect, accuracy of detail and the use of nature as a framework for the expression of the mental and emotional state of the narrator.

| Posted on 2012-10-31 | by a guest


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this be sole az g all ma nigs in the hood be chillin

| Posted on 2012-09-13 | by a guest


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this poem helped me to discover jesus christ, as i was lost as well, but no i am found.

| Posted on 2012-05-26 | by a guest


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The Woodspurge by Dante Rossetti depicts a person in uncontrollable grief, as the only thing he sees is a wild plant called the woodspurge.
Firstly, the poet conveys the feeling of grief by stating how he \'walked on at the wind\'s will\' which suggests a sense of aimlessness from someone who lost their mind. He follows the wind as if they are his direction. When the \'wind was still\' he sat, showing that he is too absorbed in his thoughts that he doesn\'t even realise what he is doing.
In the second stanza, the readers are given an extreme image of a person in mental pain with \'knees between forehead\'. \'Said not Alas\' illustrates how he cannot find words to express his feelings. Furthermore, he shows his vulnerability by describing his ears as \'naked\' giving a sense that he feels detached from the world. However, we get a perfect understanding of the person\'s expression when he cannot be specific about his feelings.

| Posted on 2012-05-24 | by a guest


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The awesome power of grief, at the death of a loved one. It washes away rational thought like a tsunami wipes out a sandcastle. The guy was unable to formulate a destination or even a walking route - - he just went as the wind pushed him. Whatever he thought at the time, he can\'t remember; didn\'t remember a God-damn thing about that day except the most trivial, useless and inconsequential factoid that, as his school-teachers would have expressed it (the pedagogic language indicates a fact to be learned by rote) \"the woodspurge has a cup of three.\" Memory in the face of overpowering grief can\'t act selectively but only randomly, that is to say, senselessly.

| Posted on 2010-09-19 | by a guest


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I believe that in this poem Rossetti is expressing that nature in all its forms--the wind, plants, the sun, etc.,--lead us all to the discovery of the divine trinity--here symbolized by the woodspurge's "cup of three"--which is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

| Posted on 2010-04-07 | by a guest


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this is a sole az poem. it be algudies in the hoodies

| Posted on 2009-08-23 | by a guest


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Rossetti has been able to include the simplest of the unemotional details to express his mood.this poem includes his isolation and deep sadness.he makes the use of all what nature envelopes and ends his poem with focus upon a simple wild plant,the woodspurge.but one really wonders if he is actually seeing the plant.this very grief that is his shows also how much he longed to have had his late sister by his side.thus,he compares how he loved his sister to the woodspurge which still hold firmly its dear ones that is its petals.

| Posted on 2009-07-25 | by a guest


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Rossetti is conveying himself in a depressed and grief stricken moment (as he was for the majority of his life). The personna turns to nature as a force which can guide and comfort him, which it does as he advanced thorugh life "at the winds will", however Rossetti feels that the close relationship between nature and man no longer exists in Victorian England and he "sits now" as "the wind is still". Rossetti also feels that nothing can, or should be learnt from grief and depression ("From perfect grief there need not be...memory") and the only thing that can be remembered is the insiginicance that "The Woodspurge has a cup of three"

| Posted on 2008-08-23 | by a guest




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