Moving on 1. The opening description of nature creates a sense of hope and optimism by mentioning things that you may describe as almost a utopia. The passage quotes ‘river… runs deep and green. The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool.’ The mention of sunlight and yellow sands help us to think it is a joyful and happy place, which creates hope and optimism through the use of this description. 2.
In the trees, they show the movement and texture of leaves and branches, as well as how dense and green they are. In the water, small streaks of color depict the reflecions of trees as well as clouds in the sky, while the stream flows gently by. All of these things make me like this painting Similarly, in “Banks of the Seine,” below, Francisco Oller creates an image of movement. I especially like how the
Andrea Winfrey Professor Philip Walsh Humanities 391 17 May 2014 Orange Grove Botanical Pond I visited the Orange Grove Botanical Pond at California State University, Northridge. My observations were the orange trees, pond, ducks, large koi fish, goldfish, turtles, water plants, trees, squirrels, dragonflies, Great Blue Heron, and the trees. The area reminds me of the river described in Jen Sheng and Tao Te Ching because it is a sign of freedom, pleasure, peace and serenity. It felt like a place of reflection and refreshing like the river in Jen Sheng. It was not chaotic or in a jungle or forest setting like in Heart of Darkness and Things Fall Apart.
Clarke uses a variety of methods to make Miracle on St Davids day so memorable and uplifting from tone to language and even to the overall message of the poem. The use of foreshadowing is strong throughout the poem The first stanza is very bright. It uses personification ‘ the sun treads the path among cedars and enormous oaks’ to describe the beautiful day, the vibrant yellow colour of daffodils symbolising happiness. This sets the scene of a beautiful, warm day. The country house is made to seem quite grand as it talks of ‘... gardeners between the nursery shrubs’.
I had noticed that the sky was extremely clear and the birds seemed happy about the weather because they were flying every where and going from tree to tree. I wasn’t sure whether they were looking for food to eat or they were just playing. It was such an artistic view, everything seemed to go well together like the colors, sounds, etc. while sitting by the stream, I noticed a golden glistening color as the sun reflected on the surface of the water. Since art is one of my hobbies I found the view that I saw to be very artistic as I mentioned previously in the first paragraph.
The figures of speech used, for example ‘Fluttering and dancing in the breeze”... “Tossing their heads in sprightly dance”... “Out-did the sparkling waves in glee”... bring pleasurable images to ones mind of our natural environment and in this case dancing daffodils. This poem is purely one of pleasure and the poet feels no discontent with the natural environment he is witnessing. The pleasure shown in the poem ‘William Street’ by Kenneth Slessor reveals to us as a reader, that what one person may see as pleasurable another might not. It also shows us that the environment doesn’t necessarily have to be natural but it can be man-made. Slessor clearly gets his point across that for him the environment of William Street is one of pleasure.