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FDelFabbro - Winter
by FDelFabbro - (2019-02-25)
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TITLE: inspires cold, quiet evenings reading a book, or a season

LAYOUT AND STRUCTURE: The poem is divided into three stanzas of five lines each. The rhyme is: AABCB; DDEFE; GGHIH. The rhythm is: 44684; 44684; 44684.

Some words in the poem express unistry characteristics: clouded, snow, cold wind, leafless bough, rayless sun, white (snow), frost-fires, foam. The author is speaking.


The first stanza gives the idea of the solitude of winter: the robin is the only bird that sings on a leafless branch.

The second stanza introduces the cold snow that takes possession of everything.

The third stanza speaks about the early winter evenings in which the fires are lit and in a clear sky the moon shines over the while snow.

First, second and third stanza: The verbal tenses are in the present active because the poet wants to give the idea of normal things in nature.

First stanza: there is an alliteration on the letter “d”: clouded, cold, winds, and on the letter “b”: blow, bough, robbin, burning, breast. These alliteration express the hard winter climate because they are harsh sounds.

Second stanza: in this stanza the sound of the letter “y” occurs four times: rayless, journey, bauty, unearthely. The sound of the letter “n” is present five times. The contrast between the usual heat of the sun and its, being “rayless” sounds like an antithesis like the contrast betweenthe hard and the sounds of the alliterations (“y”, “b”).

Third stanza: there is the alliteration of the letter “k” that appears four times and the letter “f” that appears five time. There is the contrast between the hard letter “k” and the soft letter “f” which gives the idea of the blawing wind or soft breath.

The rhymes are simple to render the text more fluent.

PERSONAL TOUGHT: I imagine the author while going back home from work, he notices the coming of sunset on a very cold winter evening. Closing my eyes, I can see the same imagine that the author was seeing on that evening. I like the rhythm of the verses and the describing words.