Death of a Toad

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Death comes unexpectedly, yet there is always comfort in familiar places, and in death it’s self. The speaker’s response to the death of the toad is revealed using the formal elements of structure, diction and imagery.

The structure of the poem helps to show the speaker’s response to the death. The poems structure is laid out in steps; first with the cutting of the toad’s leg, “A toad the power mower caught, chewed and clipped of a leg.” Secondly, with the laying under the cineraria leaves, “With a hobbling hop has got under the cineraria leaves.” Last part if the structure reveals the toad’s final thoughts and its final hour of living, “As still as stone, and soundlessly attending, dies toward deep monotone.”

The diction portrays the importance of the word, line, or phrase; first by saying sanctuaried and cineraria the author and the speaker are revealing that the toad is going to die. Secondly, the words rare and original show that this is a unusual and hart felt moment in the toad’s life. Thirdly, the words misted, ebullient, and cooling, all portray the natural environment for the toad. Last of all, both antique eyes and haggard daylight steer portray the youthfulness being sucked out of the toad.

Imagery reveals the speaker’s response by showing the reader the places the toad has been, such as the misted and ebullient seas, and the cooling shores, which reveals; the length of how long this toad has lived and it shows the places the toad went during its lifetime. The imagery also reveals the speaker’s response by conveying the youthfulness of the toad.

The Death of a Toad used stricter, diction, and imagery to reveal the speaker’s response to the death of the toad. The poem revealed that death can come unexpectedly, but we can always find comfort in familiar places, and even sometimes death it’s self.
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