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FFontana - The Dove
[author: Francesca Fontana - postdate: 2007-10-25]

Text: The Dove
Task: Textual Analysis



Cultural: Poetry against the war

Intertextual: Picasso's picture

Linguistic: Improving writing skills 


Considering the title I expect the poemto to be about peace. As a matter of fact the dove is a symbolic figure that recalls  peace and it recalls purity and serenity.

The text starts and finishes with three full stops that create the idea of something before and something after.

The poet starts showing an old Picasso's picture, where you can see a dove and dreams that are so fragile as pottery; the dove is white on dark brown clay, that is as dark as the earth that recalls  battleground.

The colour white calls for images of innocence and peace. The dove is a carrier of positive qualities. Looking at the layout you can see the poet has tried to give the readers of the poem a figurative image of the bird playing with length.

On the sound level it recalls a nostalgic poem, the nostalgic tune is created by long vowel sounds that create an echo effect. The poet uses a few rhymes but he uses alliteration like "dove" and "dreams".

On the semantic level you can divide the words into  two groups represented by two colours: white and brown. White is linked to the dove and to the adjective fragile; brown is linked to clay, pottery, earth and battle ground. You can add a third semantic group with connections, as a matter of fact the conjunction "as" is repeated three times, the adjective "old" twice and the latter is in opposition with "here is" because the first symbolizes past, the second symbolizes present.