The Influence Of A Poem Essay

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The Influence of a Poem
Charity Alexander
ENG 125: Introduction into Literature
Mr. Stephen Rogers
March 10, 2013

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The poem that I chose for this assignment is The Oak by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. This poem has a way of gaining a reader’s interest and Tennyson uses several different elements of poetry to help a person to understand his poem. Tennyson uses the elements of figurative language, symbolism, and rhyme to describe an oak tree and it’s similarities to the various stages of a human life. I was able to use these elements to better ...view middle of the document...

Tennyson uses the way that the tree looks in each of these seasons, to show the similarities of each. The use of this symbolism helped me to see the way the tree looked and then to transfer this to the way that a human may also look during these changes.
I think that the use of symbols and symbolism through this poem is important to being able to understand the poem’s underlying message. I think that Tennyson used the tree to symbolize strength and wisdom, and to allow the reader to see the strength within themselves and within a human as they go through the various stages of their life. There are several different symbols that helped me to understand this underlying message, but this I feel was the most important of them.
The way in which the rhyme that Tennyson used helped me to understand this poem better is that it made the poem easier to read and allowed me to concentrate on the meanings of the words and not spend time trying to decipher complicated words and how they were being used. I enjoy reading poems that are written in rhyme patterns because sometimes even the rhyme patterns are meant to express a certain feeling or “music” for the reader to find. In reading this poem out loud, I found that each line seem to have 3 beats per line. This made it easier to read and more interesting to do so. Tennyson also used rhyming words to make the poem flow
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