Poetry Analysis of Silver and The Moon

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'Compare and Contrast' Poetry Analysis'Silver' and 'The Moon'Five blind men, all possessing accurate but different portrayals of an elephant, show the new dimension one possess from looking at things from different perspectives. Supervising the activities on Earth, the only natural satellite on the Water Planet is perceived differently amongst the Homo sapiens roaming on it. Silver by Walter de la Mare and The Moon by P.B. Shelley are two insights on the character of the moon. Despite Silver and The Moon both powerfully describing the nature of the moon, the two poems depicts distinct images.

'Silver' by Walter de la Mare is a bravura and meaningful poem with vivid imagery. In this innovated sonnet (with 14 lines, 7 couplets that rhyme and 8 syllables per line except for the last two with 9) that gives the reader a round and calm beat, a mood of serenity is found in the mystical world that appeals to children with tenderly emotion.

Throughout the poem, the poet repeats the word 'silver' and has included numerous 's' sounds, this allows the reader to feel tranquil as he or she reads the poem. Alliteration (slowly/silently - silver/shoon - beams/beneath - silver/sleeps - silver/stream), assonance (peers/sees) and consonance (slowly/silently) are also delicate additions to the poem. Further emphasizing his point, Walter included symbols like dove for peace and silver for luster to give the poem positive connotation. In addition, the silver reflection that is casted on Earth from the moon is a symbol of perfection. In the first couplet, the author lays out a peaceful scene. The repeated 's' sounds and the commas in between slows the reader's mind to the tempo of the poem. Personification is used alongside poetic devices to keep the rhyming scheme. Walking the night in silver slippers gives the poem...