“Boy at the Window” Response
Instructor Abby Forster
Poetry is very emotional and speaks about real life experiences; poems have rhythm and feelings, delight and surprise. “There are three things, after all, a poem must reach the eye, the ear, and what we may call the heart or the mind. It is most important of all reach the heart of the reader.” (cited in Clugston, 2010, Frost) In reading Boy at the Window, by Richard Wilbur, it creates a unique look and feeling in response to a child and a snowman. The author explains in our textbook that it was written, “After seeing how distressed his five-year old son was about a snowman they had built.” (cited in Clugston, 2010) The message and theme is about how a little boy becomes sad after building a snowman and seeing him outside all alone and sad. Wilbur uses different literary elements to draw strong emotions and express fear of losing a friend/loved one. The author shows us two different points of view in this poem, first with the young boy and then with the cold snowman. In the first few lines the reader thinks that the young boy is crying about the snowman and how petrified he may be. The boy sees the snowman, while looking out his window he is all alone and by himself. Then the wind is heard from the boy picking up and starts feeling what the snowman might be feeling. There is so much compassion and heartbreak that the boy feels for the snowman at this time. The use of personification is shown while Wilbur states, “the pale faced figure with bituemen eyes return him a God-forsaken stare.” (cited in Clugston, 2010, “Boy at the Window”, 6) I believe the author Wilbur was creating a unique situation; he uses great personifications for the snowman. “Personification is a figure of speech formed when qualities normally associated with a person are attributed to abstract things or inanimate objects.” (cited in Clugston, 2010)...
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