Poem Analysis #2

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“Blackberries for Amelia” by Richard Wilbur In the story, “Blackberries for Amelia”, the first stanza describes the blueberry bushes and how they grow in abundance. The second stanza is similar in the way it describes the blueberry bushes, but it describes for what the bushes look like; flowers, small and chalky white, some deep within the bushes and others covering the outside, some close and others far. The third stanza is where it starts to create depth. The first part of the stanza says, “As the far stars, of which we now are told that even faster do they bolt away” is talking about summer nights, and time in general, and how fast it goes. The second part says, “We shall have only blackness to behold” which essentially states that the speaker believes there isn’t much time left for him/her. The fourth stanza, is basically saying that although the speaker does not have a lot of time left, he/she will be there to see August and the blueberries arrive. Finally, the last stanza describes the speaker and the grandchild, most likely Amelia, going out and picking the blueberries together. I personally liked this poem and the simplistic story it told. In my opinion it was about the simple things. The speaker talked about the blueberry bushes and flowers is such intimate detail. He then described death in such a peaceful way as he had no fear of it. Then he speaks of how he has August to look forward to and how he can’t wait to be out picking blueberries with his grandchild. It was just a story of things the speaker enjoyed and a routine he had every year with Amelia. Some figurative language in the poem were rhyme (ABBA style), imagery, personification, and simile. The main imagery for me was when the speaker described the blueberry flowers and how they grew on the bushes. The…...

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