The Ivy Green

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Carlos Garcia Ms. Trevino English 4 AP 2 December 2011 The Ivy Green-Charles Dickens The Ivy Green, a regular plant to most and a “super plant” to others. This plants been to places most humans or living organisms haven’t. Just like any other thing on this earth, it’s been through ups and downs, it’s had good times, as well as bad times and yet it stays strong and persistent. Through metaphors, personification, and incremental repetition in “The Ivy Green” Charles Dickens reveals the persistent power of life. The first verse suggests a departure from life, metaphorically beginning a journey across a cemetery. Many metaphors are used in the first part of this poem such as the “Ivy” being man. The Ivy kind of represents a hero, mainly because it goes through three stages in this poem, departure, fulfillment, and return. In this stage the departure the Ivy is very lonely beginning his journey. Dickens reveals that he’s very lonely by using personification in telling us “in his cell so lone and cold” (L-4) and “the wall must be crumbled, the stone decayed, to pleasure his dainty whim” (L-5,6.) Many can catch on quickly by those lines that the Ivy’s in a cemetery with the crumbled walls, “mouldering dust,” and decaying stone. Dickens confirms that theory by finishing that section off with “creeping where no life is seen” (L-9) showing us that the Ivy is the only life-form around. This kind of shows us that the Ivy is trying to get through this cemetery or at least trying to reach some form of life to grab or cling on to. So by all these different methods we can see how the Ivy is most likely sad and very lonely, but yet very persistent and strong. Charles Dickens shows us that at the end of the “departure” stage of life by writing “creeping where no life is seen, a rare old plant is the Ivy green.” The Ivy then begins the fulfillment stage of his
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