Essay on Analysis Of The Poem ' Wild Geese '

1863 Words Nov 7th, 2016 8 Pages
“Wild Geese”, is a considerably inspiring poem that makes me think of freedom. The freedom to ignore any self-restrictions and to be who you are. This poem is written in free verse; it has very little structure, containing only one stanza and eighteen lines. There are no meter or rhymes in this poem. This seems to reflect nature in the way that it is constantly changing, and is not constricted. It is written in second person, in a conversational tone. By doing so, the persona of the narrator seems like a wise and experienced person who has already endured such tribulations, has come out of it and is giving advice on the ways of the world.
The conversational tone is seen especially when the speaker says “Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.” That line specifically the reader to the speaker. It shows that everyone has their own afflictions and despair, and that you, the reader are not alone in that. We are all connected, as we are connected with nature. The repetition of the word “Meanwhile” in the poem is to show that while you are going through these hard times, the world still goes on, time waits for no one.
Mary Oliver is skillful with using words in this poem that call upon the reader’s senses to create images in our minds. “The sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers”, these words give me the image of movement and of life. I can picture the rain drops…

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