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To The River -- Analysis

Author: Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Type: Poetry Views: 851

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Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow

Of crystal, wandering water,

Thou art an emblem of the glow

Of beauty- the unhidden heart-

The playful maziness of art

In old Alberto's daughter;

But when within thy wave she looks-

Which glistens then, and trembles-

Why, then, the prettiest of brooks

Her worshipper resembles;

For in his heart, as in thy stream,

Her image deeply lies-

His heart which trembles at the beam

Of her soul-searching eyes.


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I think he is saying that the river is beautiful because it is holding the image - the reflection - of a woman who is looking into it. A woman he is in love with.
And he is beautiful just as the river is, because just as the river holds her image, so too does his heart.
The water trembles because it is rippling, as rivers do.
And he is comparing that to the way he trembles when he looks into the woman's eyes.

| Posted on 2017-05-07 | by a guest

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Thank you everyone. You guys helped a lot. I had to an analysis for school and I had no clue what the meaning of the poem was. But now I do, again Thanks.

| Posted on 2016-03-16 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2016-02-21 | by a guest

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This is about the love he has for this women, and how he just gets so distracted by her beauty. He seems to have just fallen deeply in love wither and when she looks at him it's like taking his breath away.

| Posted on 2015-10-28 | by a guest

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This reminds me of watching a flower bloom in the winter time.

| Posted on 2014-10-29 | by a guest

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this poem is very moving i shook when i read it... the wording is beautiful, it talks about a girl who is in love with a man, whenever he sees her he gets carried away or distracted by her beauty and charm.

| Posted on 2013-05-02 | by a guest

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I think the first stanza is describing the beauty of old Alberto\'s daughter. She is the very essence of \"the glow of beauty\".
In the second stanza, it is describing the man that is in love with her. When he is in love, he seems more appealing. He is so in love that everytime the woman looks at him, he trembles under her \"soul-searching gaze\".

| Posted on 2013-04-02 | by a guest

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the writer/lover is the river. /which glistens then, and trembles/ when she looks at it....then it resembles her lover because it trembles like he does when he sees her. he keeps her image in his heart....just like her reflection is in the stream.
and because shes looking straight into the stream he tells how he trembles at her soul searching eyes...

| Posted on 2012-05-14 | by a guest

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this is really ritarted i come to get an analasis and come up with nothing. you people who made this site are idiots

| Posted on 2012-04-29 | by a guest

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Your really mean man that hurt my feelings and I didn\'t even write anything about it. :\'(

| Posted on 2012-04-02 | by a guest

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i just think that poetry is just a stupid type of writing

| Posted on 2012-03-06 | by a guest

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I think this poem is about edgar allen poe was in love with this girl and he was mirroring his affection to her through the stream of water, \"for in his heart as in thy stream, her image deeply lies\".

| Posted on 2012-01-21 | by a guest

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\"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.\"

| Posted on 2011-10-20 | by a guest

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I still dont understand the poem? Like whats the actual reason he wrote it?

| Posted on 2011-09-14 | by a guest

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I still dont understand the poem? Like whats the actual reason he wrote it?

| Posted on 2011-09-14 | by a guest

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I think its about a chick whose seemingly beautiful and free on the surface. But deep down she\'s searching for something deeper and more meaningful in life. This depthness and purpose she seeks does not just lie within herself, it is also in the eye of the beholder. its about how we look from within ourselves for an answer that is sometimes beyond outselves. In the context of the poem, this answer is love (in that it must be mutally shared)

| Posted on 2011-04-25 | by a guest

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My analyst on \"To The River\" is that Poe is explaining his affection and lust for a women or young girl who he has fallen inlove with. Where it says old Albertos daughter and how she glistens in the water is a clue that hes in some type of love state either its lust, craved for attention, or wants love which is said hes been searching for his entire life.

| Posted on 2010-12-13 | by a guest

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Oh my god I come here to get answers and end up empty minded.

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

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