March 3, 2015
Poem Analysis- Caroline Branson
by Edgar Lee Masters has many
poetic elements such as alliteration, allegory, and repetition. An example of alliteration is “In which our souls swooned, down, down” (Masters pg.205) The words “souls” and “swooned” start with the same sound. An example in the poem of allegory is “Like notes of music that run together, into winning, In the inspired improvisation of love!” (Masters pg.205) Masters is foreshadowing that the poem is about love, but doesn’t tell us what kind of love it is so we have to read the entire poem to figure out what kind of love is being portrayed, and where the love goes. An example of repetition is the words “winning” and “soil” they are repeated twice each throughout the poem. The poem is written in free verse with a combination of some repetition, and alliterations. there are hardly any rhymes in the poem.
What I got from the poem “
” by Edgar Lee
Masters, is that Caroline and her man were secret lovers who attempted to commit suicide, but he died and she didn't. She dies from a broken heart "wondering why I wept, Till a kind of sick despair and voluptuous madness Seized us to make the pact of death." (Masters pg.205) Now they are reunited in death but she wants a second chance, because they were supposed to die together. The poem portrays a very strong love between Caroline and her lover.
What I liked about the poem Caroline Branson was that it was kind of a love mystery. The poem was sad, but at the same time it was sweet. I got really into the poem and you can tell by reading it that Caroline and her man were very in love, but their plan to die together didn’t work out, which was sad to read. Overall, I really did enjoy the poem
by Edgar Lee Masters.