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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.

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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,...

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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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