Critical Analysis Of Echo By Walter De La Mare

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Register to read the introduction… The second stanza is proof that nature has a main part in describing the character and maybe even the meaning the poem. “The leafy boughs on high”, means the “main” part of the branch, resaying nature is the main branch of the poem. The second stanza also has the evidence that the character is depressed. “Hissed in the sun” Hissed mean a sharp note but can also mean displeasure. Figuring out that hissed could mean displeasure, resaying it would be” displeasure of the sun” The sun signals warm, light and hope, but saying there’s a displeasure to that could mean the opposite. “The dark air carried my cry” The author uses words of negativity, nature is also darken here, evidence that nature connects with the character. We for sure know that the character is depressed.

Eyes in the green, in the shade,
In the motionless brake,
Voices that said what I said,
For mockery's sake:
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“Eyes in the green, in the shade. Saying it is in the shade, just decreases all those qualities of the color green to less to even nothing. “In the motionless brake” Says that this character is basically stuck in the shade. Stuck in depression, not being able to move on. In the third stanza, we see that the character is frozen in his sorrow. In this stanza, we also figure out why the character feels the way he feels and why the poem maybe called “Echo”. “Voices I said what I said” What the character says” “For mockery sake” The character’s voice is a reflection of what people say to him or her. Mocking him or her again and again like a never-ending echo causing depression within the character. Going back to the first stanza, “Hither, thither, baffled the birds” now can be answered. What is causing the restriction of the character is people’s

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