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Root Cellar Analysis

Author: poem of Theodore Roethke Type: poem Views: 65

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Nothing would sleep in that cellar, dank as a ditch,

Bulbs broke out of boxes hunting for chinks in the dark,

Shoots dangled and drooped,

Lolling obscenely from mildewed crates,

Hung down long yellow evil necks, like tropical snakes.

And what a congress of stinks!

Roots ripe as old bait,

Pulpy stems, rank, silo-rich,

Leaf-mold, manure, lime, piled against slippery planks.

Nothing would give up life:

Even the dirt kept breathing a small breath.

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I think that this poem was written to tell people that even though you may grow up in not-so-amazing conditions and family life, you can still thrive despite your surroundings.

| Posted on 2012-10-28 | by a guest

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I think the poem is meant to scare you. I mean it\'s about a root cellar all these thing like manure, leaf mold and how the dirt was breathing as in there was something buried there and it was still alive which is quite scary. and his simile with shoots and tropical snakes are like saying that it\'s alive so it\'s pretty much like saying that even though the root cellar seems dead and deserted, it\'s actually full of life if you look closely.

| Posted on 2011-01-15 | by a guest

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