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I need help with an analysis of the poem Island by Michael Dansfield, can anyone help...

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nmuulak | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 2, 2011 at 12:01 AM via web

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I need help with an analysis of the poem Island by Michael Dansfield, can anyone help me?

I need help with the themes, meaning and literary techniques etc used in the poem. Is there anyone that has any idea where I can start as I have no idea.

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cvb2447 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 8, 2011 at 4:33 AM (Answer #1)

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This is an interesting but perplexing poem which probably does not have just one meaning.  It contains some lovely images but ends sadly.

Try to find all the images that are mentioned before you write anything:

morning, shore, mysteries await, great distances, tide, tradewinds, drifting, drowned sailor; these seem to convey a sense of being lost, moving, wondering and loss.

Then consider: the light reveals them (the mysteries), pale birds, but there is no real thing. These words seem to convey are sense of futility as if someone was trying to find a meaning in life.

The narrator then looks at a book, glances at a needle and makes a choice: he/she seems to be trying to get a focus and chooses.

Now, what about the mirror? Is the narrator looking into a mirror while considering his options? Or is he/she looking inward and musing?

"There is no real thing" seems to be the summary of this poem which may indicate the despair and loneliness of a person who feels like an island: isolated.

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