Analysis Of The Poem ' Once More On The Lake ' Essay

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Matias Miranda

For many people, different environments make them feel certain ways. In the essay Once More to the Lake by E.B White the lake holds a special place in the narrator’s heart because he spent summers there with his father. Nostalgia arises as the narrator and his son perform the same tasks the narrator did with his father: fishing in the lake, seeing a dragonfly, and talking with waitresses. He notices that a lot of the area around this lake has changed significantly, like the roads, pathways, people, and buildings. However, even with these changes, the lake continues to stay the same, giving off a sense of timelessness. Finally, he starts to really appreciate how holy this place is to him and he shows this through use of language, specifically with his sentence structure, strong imagery and appealing to reader’s senses.
Throughout the essay the author uses vivid language to really show the reader how holy and sacred the lake is. One of the first example is when he starts to describe the camp and the pathways behind the camp, "I wondered how time would have marred this unique, this holy spot--the coves and streams, the hills that the sun set behind, the camps and the paths behind the camps.” The author uses a dash to enhance the feeling of this "holy spot", allowing White to add descriptive elements. Without it the reader is left wondering why this spot is so significant. With the dash, however, White is giving the reader a…

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