Flashcards in Winter Deck (21):
"The year goes"
The year is over. Everything is dying so it can start again in the new year. Not looking forward to the new year.
"Many a summer dies."
Summer is over and the bad part of the year is coming.
Bingham's pond is in the West End, the sun sets in the West.
The swan leaves no trace. Is white like a ghost.
Goes is emphasised, everything goes.
"Gulls that stand around surprised"
They are surprised about the ice.
Oxymoron. Adds emphasis to the harsh white light that winter brings. Creates an idea of discomfort.
"It goes, and ice appears"
Good things go and bad things appear.
Swans migrate to warmer places.
"After many a summer dyes"
Winter turns the world another colour as summer dies.
"Fog / drives monstrous down the dual carraigeway / out to the west"
Drives monstrous = personification, creates an image of the fog being forceful and ferocious.
The dual carraigeway symbolises things leaving and others coming.
Out to the West = Sun sets in the west, summer is gone.
"Even in my room"
Winter is effecting everywhere, not just outside.
Connotations of ageing and dying.
Even / dearest blue's not there, though poets would find it."
Even in dark times the memory of summer remains.
"Crystal beyond white"
Absence of colour = drained of life.
"Woods that fall, decay / and break"
The natural order, shows time passing.
"Ice that sees nothing and that nothing sees"
The reality of everything dying.
Seasons changing. Death. Time passing. Natural world.
Pessimistic. Sombre. Thoughtful. Melancholy.
Using weather or nature - including seasons - to suggest or reinforce human emotions.