Robert Gray Poem- Old House and Late Ferry Essay

851 Words Sep 3rd, 2009 4 Pages
'Poetic Language is used to Capture Human Experiences;

`In Robert Gray’s poems, he uses language to capture human experiences. In two of his poems; old house and late ferry, gray has effectively captured human experiences by his varies poetic languages and through insight and feeling. Throughout both texts late ferry and old house, gray’s main message in the poems, with his critical analysis, is the destruction of nature by mankind.
In old house, gray has captured the human experience of the process of death. He does this through insight and he effectively conveys this with poetic language such as the use of metaphor. This is the title itself ‘ old house’. The title doesn’t literally mean an old
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In the poem late ferry, gray expresses his feeling to capture human experiences. An example of this would be his repetition of the word ‘dark’. He uses this to emphasis his feeling of uncertainty; of unknowing what it would be like to go to another area, with a totally different lifestyle, to a more fast paced society. Dark is also symbolic for death, and in late ferry, Gray conveys death as a loss of innocence of when he leaves his home.
Another insight which gray conveys in old house to capture a human experience is the symbolism of the yacht. As all humans know, a yacht floats on water; there are certain destinations that it will reach. In old house, gray captures the process of death as the flow of a yacht, as this symbolises the flow, it also symbolises how a yacht may not always flow peacefully, and in this text, the death may not always be calm. Although this may happen, gray portrays the death to be gentle on the yacht.
Another insight that gray expresses in late ferry to capture human experiences is the symbolism of redness. The symbolism of the colour redness, in the concept which gray has referred to as a symbolic word, he was trying to emphasis danger, anger, devil and temptation. Although red is also a colour of love, in this poem, Gray used this symbol because it can also easily capture a human’s

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