Can someone help me to analyze this poem?It is a cold and snowy night. The main street is deserted.The only things moving are swirls of snow.As I lift the mailbox door, I feel its cold iron.There...

Can someone help me to analyze this poem?

It is a cold and snowy night. The main street is deserted.The only things moving are swirls of snow.As I lift the mailbox door, I feel its cold iron.There is a privacy I love in this snowy night.Driving around, I will waste more time.

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When analyzing poetry, it is good to look at several different factors.  One is the meaning of the poem, or its message or purpose.  Another good thing to look at is the poetic techniques that the author uses, and how that impacts the message and meaning.  Form is something else to look at--whether there is rhyme, rhythm, or free-verse.  Word choices is also something to keep in mind.

So, lets look at the meaning of this poem.  Its purpose seems to be to describe the peace and happiness that this person feels as they drive around on a snowy evening.  They obviously enjoy it, and that seemed to be the motivating factor for writing the poem itself.  Next, let's look at poetic techniques. This poem does not have very many--it is pretty straightforward.  You could say that it contains imagery, which is using the five senses to paint a scene.  So, the author described the evening as "cold," the street is "deserted," with only "swirls of snow."  Also, the mailbox has "cold iron."  All of these descriptors describe images or touches from the evening, which is imagery.  That helps the reader to feel like they are there, experiencing the cold and touching the metal for themselves.  It enhances the feeling of isolation and loneliness, since cold is not a pleasant thing.

Lastly, let's look at form and word choice.  There is no formal form to this poem--it appears to have been written in free-style verse, which means that there is not rhyme or set rhythm.  The word choices are simple and repetitive; it makes the poem feel like it was written by someone with a simple vocabulary who just wanted to express a feeling that they had.  All of these factors play a role when analyzing a poem.  I hope that helped; good luck!

mkcapen1 | Student

The person in the poem is having a moment of wondrous time alone.  It is nighttime and the chill is in the air.  No one is around.  There is probably a silence so great that the person can hear the snow as it falls to the ground.  Everything is till.  Because of the lack of people or cars moving or anything to distract the man from the moment, the moment is clear and the swirls of the snow are highlighted against the still backdrop.

The man is enjoying the evening so much that eh believes he needs to spend more time in it.  Since it is probably cold, he decides to continue his visit in the quiet, so he gets his car and is going to be warm while driving around.  The irony is that once he stars driving around, the stillness and snowflakes will not be the same. There will be the sound of the engine and not the silence of the night.