Down to the Puritan Marrow of my
There's something in this richness that I hate.
I love the look, austere, immaculate,
Of landscapes drawn in pearly monotones.
There's something in my very blood that owns
Bare hills, cold silver on a sky of slate,
A thread of water, churned to milky spate1
through slanted pastures fenced with stones.
I love those skies, thin blue or snowy gray,
sparse-planted, rendering meager sheaves;
That spring, briefer than apple blossom's breath,
so much too beautiful to stay,
Swift autumn, like a bonfire of leaves,
winter, like the sleep of death.
1. Identify the rhyme scheme of the poem
2. Complete scansion on 3 lines of the poem. (Identify line length and meter--like the example
from "Shall I compare thee to a summer’s Day).
Down to the Puritan Marrow of my bones – 5.5 Feet
something in this richness that I hate. – 5 Feet
I love the look, austere, immaculate, - 5 Feet
3. Identify at least 5 images in the poem (Try to find images that appeal to different senses)
Of landscapes drawn in pearly monotones – Auditory image
b. Bare hills, cold silver on a sky of slate –
Tactile image and visual
c. That spring, briefer than apple blossom's breath, - Old Factory, gustatory
thread of water, churned to milky spate – Gustatory
e. Swift autumn, like a bonfire of leaves, - Tactile imgae
4. Identify the problem (situation) and solution in the sonnet
Problem – She hates the richness of all
the other seasons
Solution – She loves winter because it is the longest season and the monotonous feeling of winter
Define the words austere, immaculate, and sheaves
Austere – severe
Immaculate – impeccably clean, spotless
– A bundle of grain
6. Identify four sound devices in the poem (assonance, alliteration, consonance)
Alliteration - silver on a sky of slate
Consonance - slanted pastures fenced
7. What is the speaker's attitude toward the New England winter landscape?
thinks that the New England winter is deathly and the summer is lively.
8. What view of life does the poem present?
view of life is birth and rebirth in the summer and death in the winter.