What is the analysis of "A Baby Running Barefoot" by D.H. Lawrence?
This is a poem comprising two stanzas of differing lengths: the first has seven lines, while the second has six. It is written in free verse, with no consistent meter or rhyme scheme, although there is one incidental rhyme in the second stanza on "me" and "knee." This naturalistic structure reflects the free and untrammeled nature of the baby's "little white feet" moving to and fro, unconstrained by strict meter or form.
The speaker utilizes numerous comparative images which emphasize that the baby is a part of nature. The opening image, of the child's feet in the grass, establishes this theme: Lawrence then uses similes to compare the child's feet to "white flowers in the wind" and "ripples" in the water. Later, he settles upon the idea that the feet are like "two white butterflies" which settle within a flower only briefly, before moving away again "with a flutter of wings." These comparisons emphasize the delicacy of the baby's feet, but also their quickness and unpredictability. Just...
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