Response to "A Morning Song"

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Reading Responses to a Poem

Vivian Roy-Varble

ENG 125

Dr. Goss

September 4, 2012

I chose the poem A Morning Song because I am familiar with it from my youth spent in Sunday school. In Sunday school, the poem, classified as an ode, was always set to music. I remember singing this for worship and enjoyed it because it was happy sounding. Reading this poem does not quite evoke the same response in me as hearing it sung. While reading it, I was struck by the repetitive use of the word morning and then the rhymes tucked in between it. Our text states that, “the ode is a form of lyric poetry in which a single subject or purpose is exalted in a serious, dignified way” (Clugston, 2010). They are analytical without any set arrangement, and I feel that is why this poem appeals to me, or perhaps it is because of childhood memories.

Lyric poetry was described as “teaching the free man how to praise” (Caserio, 2010). The three literary elements that I enjoyed about this poem are form, content, and theme. I will discuss the theme of the poem to start. I believe that the theme of this poem is spiritual, because it speaks of spiritual things. It leads us to think on God’s creation, the first morning, and how sweet and lovely it was to behold. Farjeon writes, “Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven,” (Clugston, 2010). It almost makes it tangible, and I find myself wishing I had glimpsed that first morning. I believe that the author used a theme that widely appeals to all sorts of readers, even those that may not believe in God, but some other higher power.

The form of the poem also interested me; its lines are not overly long or complicated. There are lines that rhyme as well as the recurrent use of one word that seems to connect the whole poem. The whole of the poem is rather short, a mere ten lines, however it speaks volumes to me. I can appreciate the meaning of the poem after hearing it sung, and I believe it is because of the way the...
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