Please explain and analyze the poem 'Snow' by Walter de la Mare, in respect of figures of speech and what it is all about. Thank you.as much info as possible on the above poem would be gratefully...

Please explain and analyze the poem 'Snow' by Walter de la Mare, in respect of figures of speech and what it is all about. Thank you.

as much info as possible on the above poem would be gratefully received..

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"Snow" could be interpreted on its superficial message as the description of a late-winter snowfall. There is no storm; the air is still - "No breath of wind." The snow falls and covers everything -"twig and bough and blade and thorn...roof...tree." At the end of this version of the poem, one shaft of sunlight - "one wint'ry ray" appears from the setting sun and warms a lonely robin, singing in the midst of the early snow that caught it too far north too soon.

On another level, "Snow" could be a metaphor for approaching death, which comes to all. In this interpretation, death is not a traumatic or violent event. It

whirls softly down...whispering, rustling...everywhere, it heaps its powdery crystal flakes

Death may change the appearance of things. As the snow flakes cover a tree and make it appear like "a mountain," so death may hide or disguise appearances. That red robin, "feathered in fire" and shrilling "his lonely tune" - is that the Devil, calling for the soul of the departed?

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