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The Snow-Storm Analysis

Author: poem of Ralph Waldo Emerson Type: poem Views: 14

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Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,

Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,

Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air

Hides hill and woods, the river, and the heaven,

And veils the farmhouse at the garden's end.

The sled and traveller stopped, the courier's feet

Delated, all friends shut out, the housemates sit

Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed

In a tumultuous privacy of storm.

Come see the north wind's masonry.

Out of an unseen quarry evermore

Furnished with tile, the fierce artificer

Curves his white bastions with projected roof

Round every windward stake, or tree, or door.

Speeding, the myriad-handed, his wild work

So fanciful, so savage, nought cares he

For number or proportion. Mockingly,

On coop or kennel he hangs Parian wreaths;

A swan-like form invests the hiddden thorn;

Fills up the famer's lane from wall to wall,

Maugre the farmer's sighs; and at the gate

A tapering turret overtops the work.

And when his hours are numbered, and the world

Is all his own, retiring, as he were not,

Leaves, when the sun appears, astonished Art

To mimic in slow structures, stone by stone,

Built in an age, the mad wind's night-work,

The frolic architecture of the snow.


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What tense is this poem written? And what is the impact the tense have that Emerson chose on the poem?

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

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To me, Emerson is saying that in general, actions and events in life may seem awful, unorganized, and tumultuous... but that in the long run there is a higher purpose with a grand scheme in which every event fits under. I am honestly unsure if he is referring to God or just \"deifying\" nature, but he seems to be implying that everything is beautiful in the end and if we do not recognize it, only our lack of foresight is at blame.

| Posted on 2010-12-01 | by a guest

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Here\'s an abstract thought: It is a metaphor for being a pacifist. If you go outside to face such a violent storm head-on you could die. If you wait for calmness, you can see the beautiful sight of the next day.

| Posted on 2010-11-08 | by a guest

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i am doing this for homework (elp-extended learning)and i dont know what to put in my book because it is so amazing.

| Posted on 2010-09-20 | by a guest

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My interpretation of this poem is at first the Artist is "wildly" and "savagely" tossing the snow everywhere. Over the trees, the lanes in the street and also sweeping over the farmers house. Everyone is indoors and shut away by the bitter cold and the violent storm. Alas, afterward they come outside after the storm and see beauty everywhere their eyes gaze over. The soft snow laying there, the paradise of white covering everything in sight.

| Posted on 2010-04-22 | by a guest

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the poem tells of a certain event in one's life though it is something you hate the most, it will pass like the snowstorm.

| Posted on 2010-03-07 | by a guest

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I believe that in the first stanza, Emerson is showing the annoying kind of side of a snow storm, which is being enclosed inside. Then in the Second stanza it shows the beauty of snow and the art it can make. The imagery is amazing also. SHowing the farmer sigh shows hatred to snow in terms of economy. And it says the world, is all his own. So this could be god doing all of this. Emerson uses great imagery. Rod V

| Posted on 2010-02-18 | by a guest

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I think that in this poem Emerson is showing God as an architec in the sense that he created all nature. The poem as amazing word choice in which gives us as readers a large amount of images running through our minds as we try to imagine a place like this.

| Posted on 2009-11-05 | by a guest

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school work!
great metaphore and personification through the entire poem

| Posted on 2009-05-28 | by a guest

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Blew my mind the imagery and sound devices! Alliteration, assonance, slant rhymes, masculine rhymes, etc! Awesome poem!

| Posted on 2008-03-17 | by a guest

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This poem is describing nature as a veil to humans and not just the snow although the storm is used in this particular incident. ALL nature is veiled to humans. It takes self reliance and a sense of nature as a higher power to truly tap into the beauty of nature. Emerson makes the snow seem a horrible savage because it sweeps in and causes everyone to be shut indoors in solitude but he shows that when the storm is over the snow can create beautiful artwork of nature.

| Posted on 2008-01-24 | by a guest

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