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Pear Tree Analysis

Author: poem of H.D. Type: poem Views: 11

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Silver dust

lifted from the earth,

higher than my arms reach,

you have mounted,

O silver,

higher than my arms reach

you front us with great mass;

no flower ever opened

so staunch a white leaf,

no flower ever parted silver

from such rare silver;

O white pear,

your flower-tufts

thick on the branch

bring summer and ripe fruits

in their purple hearts.


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The poem “Pear Tree” by H.D. is an expression of the authors awe and fascination with a beautiful pear tree. In this poem the pear tree is likened unto a mound of “silver lifted from the earth,” This rich and beautiful silver dust is just out of the reach of the writer. If you decipher the words without the meaning behind them you would literally have a tall and wide tree that is coated in silver buds. With the feelings behind the first paragraph I see something celestial in origin. The “Silver dust; lifted from the earth; higher than my arms can reach;” is a symbol of prosperity that we can not reach. The tree has ceased to be just a natural plant in the writers eyes it is a symbol of perfection. “Higher than my arms reach” is the author expressing her belief that there are unattainable goals in life. The silver blooms and high branches are seen by the author as something that can\'t be touched. To touch the blooms would destroy them. Their beauty would be lost. Even though the author might want to touch the branches they are higher than her arms reach. This reality reminds the author that there are goals in life that can not be reached.
The second stanza continues with the idealistic notion that the pear tree represents all that is good, beautiful, and perfect. H. D. writes, “no flower ever opened; so staunch a white leaf; no flower ever parted silver; from such rare silver.” This stanza is hyperbole. Everyone knows there are other fruit trees with blooms that are equally as awe inspiring. The authors purpose is not to say that this tree is the most beautiful tree in the world. Through the exaggerated nature of her description of the pear tree the author is trying to describe the grandeur, beauty and hope that can fill the good side of the world and the hearts of the people that live in it. In many cultures, the heart is seen as the center of emotion. In American culture the heart is a symbol of love. The line “bring summer and ripe fruits in their purple heart,” can be interpreted as a symbol of the goodness in nature and in the hearts of people.

| Posted on 2012-08-14 | by a guest

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This image is very literal. She is describing the pear blossoms thick on the branches of the pear tree reaching higher than arms reach but within every blossom is a purple heart (look at a picture of a pear tree in bloom).

| Posted on 2011-11-01 | by a guest

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H.D. is an imagist poet. this is the image of a pear tree. the way she describes it, is from her perspective. Think of an artist painting a picture, a pear might be yellow-ish white in reality but the painter might use blue and purple to make the pear no? this is was she sees and thinks when she sees the pear tree. Aesthetics of nature are hard to ignore. ALSO, POETRY is an idea image thought, that cannot be express by JUST SAYING IT. it expresses something deeper and more complicated. to better understand this poem just look at a pear tree. (:

| Posted on 2010-04-06 | by a guest

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the guy who said smart folk is an idiot and doesn't realize the meaning of poetry

| Posted on 2010-03-28 | by a guest

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Pear Tree has a repetition of words "silver" "higher than arms reach" "no flower ever" . It has personification "higher than arms reach" . Color symbolism-purple hearts, white pear, silver dust. It uses a bunch of metaphors. And there is a lot of physical beauty in the poem that H.D. was trying to get across to the readers. Silver represents the start of the tree(soil) . And the purple is a grown tree with white pears.

| Posted on 2010-03-24 | by a guest

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This is the only place I can find analysis for the pear tree.

| Posted on 2010-03-02 | by a guest

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poetry must be for the educated folk because i see it a waste of words and time. if you have to express something just SAY IT without using these lame words or rhyme

| Posted on 2009-12-08 | by a guest

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Is seems to be to be about her admiration to the perfection of nature. It is out of the reach of human comprehension ("higher than my arms reach"). The nature is beautiful, perfect - from silver blossoms ripe fruits grow up.

| Posted on 2009-03-19 | by a guest

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When H.D. addresses the pear tress, she seems to convey this sense of continuity between humanity and nature. They both remain beautiful and rich with promise.
People need to take the time with poetry nowadays.

| Posted on 2009-03-10 | by a guest

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why do i have to be the first here?
i came here to copy something to my school presentation and i did not find anything
that's bul..

| Posted on 2008-05-04 | by a guest

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