Boy at the Window

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It is interesting when we are young and what are our thoughts. We see things differently when we are young. We can get away with being naïve to the world. Reading “Boy at the Window” there is a sense of being young and not knowing about the world. It is difficult to understand how people think if you do not know about their lifestyle. This story explains how someone feels about another person. Reading poetry is something to truly experience. Authors write poems with strong feelings. “Saying that poetry is built into our life experience is another way of saying that human experiences are more complex than they seem.”(Clugston) It is interesting that in just a few lines, there is someone’s life experience for interpretation. Human experience is complex to learn in a short time, but through poem there is a rhythm to it. It is easier to learn about life experience through poem, because there is feeling. My feeling from reading this poem is feeling for the boy and the snowman. They may or may not know each other but there is a strong bond. When reading a story, it is straight forward with a clear conclusion. Poems can be interpreted differently. Choosing this poem was a great way to learn about how a poem is structured and not focus on one aspect. Richard Wilbur wrote this poem from experience. This was an experience that he saw from his son’s eyes. The story has a deep tone and it is very dark. “In dusk and cold is more than he can bear” (Wilbur). Wilbur is using two key works in this line, “dusk “and “cold”. With a deep tone, it sets the reader for a dark and negative experience. This boy sees a snowman standing out in the cold and cannot be sheltered. “The small boy weeps to hear the wind prepare” (Wilbur). The boy is upset that he cannot help the snowman. The wind is blowing hard and is very strong. These are strong images for a young boy to see. He may have built the snowman and he has a bond with it. This strong wind may destroy it and there is nothing the...
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