I need an analysis of Robert Lowell 's poem "Where the Rainbow Ends."
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We can learn a lot about a poem by looking at the title: "Where the Rainbow Ends." What does this mean? The rainbow is a great (if overused) symbol representing "better times ahead" in that it is a promise that God will not destroy the world again by flood. The colors of a rainbow are glorious, and according to myth at the end of the rainbow we are supposed to find a pot of gold. The idea of the rainbow is usually a positive one.
On the other hand, a person can never actually FIND the end of a rainbow, so it can be a symbol of futility and frustration. Where does that leave us? We can guess that the poem is going to either have a theme of promise and hope, or one of futility.
"I saw the sky descending, black and white
Not blue, on Boston..."
When the sky descends it usually means a storm is coming. Boston appears to be the setting.
...where the winters wore
The skulls to jack-o-lanterns on the...
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