Essay about Lesson of the Moth Poetry Analysis

868 Words Jun 25th, 2011 4 Pages
Amber Brewer
Dr. Fussell
ENGL 1302
April 8, 2011

“The lesson of the moth” Analysis by Don Marquis
The title of this poem by Don Marquis is "The Lesson of the Moth" because it is a poem about the thoughts of a moth and his outlook on life. The overall poem would be considered argumentative being the moth is trying to inform the man that he should live his life and let his hair down a little more instead of relishing the everyday routines of life. This is shown in paragraph 3 when the moth says “But we get bored with the routine/and crave beauty/and excitement.”(18-20)Another example of the passage being argumentative is when the man says “and before I could argue him/out of his philosophy.”(43-44) Don Marquis expressed several tones
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The man stated that he wasn’t going to argue with the moth. Finally, the tone in the last paragraph of the poem is anxious. The man had seen how badly the moth wanted to fry himself. He wanted to like something so bad like the moth. Don Marquis used several words that symbolized several things in his poem as well. In the title of the poem, the word "lesson" is used here because the moth seems to have a better outlook on life than the man in the poem and the moth is teaching him how to live. The organization of the poem develops it by separating the poem into sections where new thoughts start. The speaker Don Marquis wanted to get several points across in his poem and separated the poem into sections according to those points. In paragraph 1, one of the major symbols in the poem is when the moth is willing to fry himself on light bulb. It represents the crazy things that certain people do even if it will cost them their lives. The man in this story represents all the people who live their lives very carefully to ensure a long one. The moth symbolizes all the people who don't. Both the views of the man and the moth are trying to accomplish the same thing; a better life. The man wishes to live his life with half of the happiness and live twice as long, while the moth would rather live its life to the fullest even if it means it will be cut short. I've concluded that there are two types of people, those willing to take extreme risks, and those who just

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