Poem Analysis Derek Walcott

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Closest at lampfall
Like children, like the moth-flame metaphor,
The Coleman's humming jet at the sea's edge
A tuning fork for our still family choir
Like Joseph Wright of Derby's astrological lecture
Casts rings of benediction round the aged.
I never tired of ocean's quarrelling,
Its silence, its raw voice,
Nor of these half-lit, windy leaves, gesticulating higher
"Rejoice, rejoice..."

Language/Style/Tone in first verse : metaphorical ( like children,moth flame metaphor), melifilious (it flows,easy to read) Descriptive and comparing ( using examples Joseph wright) Lyrical ( Rejoice Rejoice) . The language is also emotive as the poet is speaking about his personal feelings towards the ocean „ i never tire of the oceans quarelling“. The overall tone of the poem is melancholic and mysterious, especially as they are dealing with the ocean and its beauty. Content : This particular verse focuses on comparing the oceans quarelling to different things: the first few lines are example of what the quarelling ocean reminds him of such as : the colemans humming jet at the sea’s edge or a tuning fork for our family choir) As the verse progresses the poet talks about the beauty of the ocean „ its silence,raw voice“ The ending rejoice rejoice leads us to believe that the ocean is a positive source and evokes positive feelings for the poet as rejoice is used in happy/thankful situations.

V2:
But there's an old fish, a monster
Of primal fiction that drives barrelling
Undersea, too old to make a splash,
To which I'm hooked!

Language/Style : Tone : Suspense, Dark in comparison to the first verse. Language/Style :sudden, fast paced, raises questions, short snappy sentences ( theres a word for that but i forgot?! ) Lots of punctation is used, as if telling an exciting story. Content: Speaks of the evils inside the ocean can be seen as a reflection of the evils found within. Speaks about how the poet is „hooked“ captured by this evils. Although it is...
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