I need help analyzing themes and how poetic devices add to the thems of the poem "Clouds."explain themes and metaphors etc. and at least two poetic devices and how the add and relate to the themes...

I need help analyzing themes and how poetic devices add to the thems of the poem "Clouds."

explain themes and metaphors etc. and at least two poetic devices and how the add and relate to the themes

Clouds

I’d have to be really quick
to describe clouds -
a split second’s enough
for them to start being something else.

Their trademark:
they don’t repeat a single
shape, shade, pose, arrangement.

Unburdened by memory of any kind,
they float easily over the facts.

What on earth could they bear witness to?
They scatter whenever something happens.

Compared to clouds,
life rests on solid ground,
practically permanent, almost eternal.

Next to clouds
even a stone seems like a brother,
someone you can trust,
while they're just distant, flighty cousins.

Let people exist if they want,
and then die, one after another:
clouds simply don't care
what they're up to
down there.

And so their haughty fleet
cruises smoothly over your whole life
and mine, still incomplete.

They aren't obliged to vanish when we're gone.
They don't have to be seen while sailing on.

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jmj616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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In "Clouds," the poet W. Symborska uses a kind of negative personification a number of times in his descriptions of clouds.  In other words, the poet describes how clouds do not act like people. 

The clouds "don’t repeat a single shape, shade, pose, [or] arrangement."

The clouds are "unburdened by memory of any kind."

They "float easily over the facts" and cannot "bear witness" to anything.

The poet also compares clouds to a "haughty fleet" of ships that "cruises smoothly over your whole life."

The poet seems to be using these metaphors and personifications in order to reflect on the very different nature of human beings.  In contrast to clouds, humans are burdened by memories; they bear witness to, and are affected, by many different events; and they do not "cruise smoothly" through life.

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