Forgive My Guilt

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Introduce your poem with an introductory paragraph. Write the title of the poem and its author. Give a brief summary of the poem's contents. A brief summary on Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven," for example, would state that the speaker of the poem is longing for his lost love and becomes beguiled by a raven that speaks only one word, "nevermore."

Write about the poetic language and imagery. Does the poet use precise and vivid vocabulary to create detailed images? What literary devices are used to enhance meanings? Answer these questions by explaining and analyzing specific examples from the poem. Tell how the poet creates those images. A good example of this would be the poetry essay found at The poetry essay analyzes Poe's use of simile and metaphor in "The Raven."

Write about sound and sense. Does the poet use rhythm and meter to create meaningful sounds in the poem? Which word sounds does the poet use to create pictures? Does the poet use vocabulary that appeals to the five senses? Answer these questions by explaining in your poetry essay how the poet's choice of words creates meaningful sound. For example, a poetry essay on Poe's "Raven" would show how the ABCBBB rhyme scheme helps to create a deeper sense of melancholy.

Write about emotion and feeling. Is the poet creating a feeling or mood? Does the poem evoke an emotional response? Answer these questions in your poetry essay by explaining what kind of response the poet is trying to evoke in his audience. A poetry essay on "The Raven" would describe how the use of melancholy word choices and repetition, coupled with the creepy raven and mourning for the lost Lenore, create a deep sense of sadness and despair for the reader.

Write a conclusion to your poetry essay. Explain the author's intent with the poem and whether or not he or she achieved that goal. Support your opinion with details from the poems

It is about remorse:

The boy in “Forgive my Guilt” wanted to kill without knowing the consequences. The boy is specifically waiting to kill and is prepared to do it when the moment comes. The author write in lines 8 and 9, “My gun went off, they ran with broken wings.” Without thinking he shoots two birds and breaks their wings, making it impossible for them to fly again. Once he realizes the pain he has brought to them he begins to lament. The author said in line 11, “They cried like two sorrowful high flutes”. In lines 13 and 14, “For days I heard them, crying out to their kind in blue.” The birds start to show pain, sadness, and loneliness so he moans with them. He pities them; as the poet wrote in lines 15 and 16 “the other plovers were going south, leaving these broken two.” His birds were left behind for him to handle or until they died. At the end he feels guilt because the birds died eventually. L0ines 17 and 18 say “the cries went out one day; but I still hear them over all the sound of sorrow in war and peace.”. During the time when they cried he was extremely sad and sorry. Now he knows they are dead and the sadness becomes guilt. This time he caused two deaths, and suffered the consequences. The deaths made him feel sorry, sad and pity during the beginning, when they died he knew he cost them everything and felt guilty. The author expresses it again in lines 23 and 24, “I have hoped for years all that is wold, airy, and beautiful will forgive my guilt.

the poem is in four-line stanzas, rhymed abcb. They're pentameters, not very regular.for some reason the stanzas are grouped into two sets, each of three stanzas.

Forgive my guilt written by Robert P. Tristram Coffin is a narrative poem written in the 1st person which tells us about a man who is regretting his past when he use to kill birds. It is written in flashback because the persona wrote the poem as an adult with hindsight at his childhood how he used to lay on the frost flow with his gun being prepared to shoot. The dominant theme ascertained was...
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