Riders to the Sea Analyst

Topics: Ocean, Soul, Irony Pages: 3 (940 words) Published: February 11, 2013
"Riders To The Sea"
by J.M Synge (1903)
Jase C. Fierro
English 125
Instructor Maria Rasimas

"Riders To The Sea"
by J.M Synge (1903)

Some of nature's most precious gifts, actually have a dark side to them. What I mean about that is take rain for an example. Rain can come very peaceful and smooth. But we all know rain can get violent and dangerous in a heartbeat. In the poem "Riders To The Sea" depicts this statement. Nature is truly a beautiful savage. In the poem "Riders To The Sea" three literary elements will be discussed and, if any literary element affected my outlook on the poem.

One of the literary elements that caught my eye on the poem is theme. Theme is; the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic. (Dictionary.com). The theme of the poem "Riders To The Sea" is sadness. The reason I am saying it is sadness is because the mom looses six sons and a husband to the sea. For example lines eleven through fourteen. The young priest says he's known the like of it. "If it's Michael's they are," says he, "you can tell herself he's got a clean burial by the grace of God, and if they're not his, let no one say a word about them, for she'll be getting her death," says he, "with crying and lamenting." (J.M Synge 2013)

The writer really got me hooked here by all the sadness portrayed in the poem. He painted such a clear thought with the details. I can just picture a woman getting the news that all they found was her son's clothes washed up, and that he is probably dead. That is a strong mother to still have hope but sad at the same time.

Tone is a very important literary element. Tone is; the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc (Internet 2013). The tone in this is sadness. It is very sad to lose a close family member. In this case Maurya has lost nine family members. She has endured a miserable life losing all six sons. I couldn't imagine losing a kid that...
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