Earle Birney Questions and Answers

Earle Birney

Bobbie learns that it is impossible to predict the consequences of one small act of carelessness. In the poem, Bobbie goes mountain-climbing with his friend, David. The two friends climb a mountain...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2016, 8:45 pm (UTC)

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Here are a few metaphors from the poem "David" Lines 35-37 We crawled astride The peak to feast on the marching ranges flagged By the fading shreds of the shattered stormcloud. "Feast" is a...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2017, 3:11 am (UTC)

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The poem "David" by Earle Birney covers a summer of adventure for two young men. It is written in free verse and is a rather long poem. The beautiful Canadian Rockies invite the thrill-seekers to...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2012, 4:33 pm (UTC)

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The previous answer is generally quite insightful and helpful, but I must correct its mistaken understanding of the poem's meter. It is not in iambic pentameter; in fact, the meter is extremely...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2018, 10:29 pm (UTC)

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Birney's depiction of Canada as an adolescent struggling to find an identity is a compelling one. The metaphorical employment of "deadset in adolescence" is effective because it depicts where...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2014, 1:12 pm (UTC)

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In Section VII, the narrator (Bob) describes the seracs and chasms poetically, expressing the beauty and grandeur of nature. The chasms are a "gurgling world of crystal and cold blue," sparkling...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2014, 5:08 pm (UTC)

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Bobbie lies when he gets back to camp because he doesn't want to admit that he killed David. Although David, paralyzed from falling fifty feet over a ledge, asked Bobbie to put him out of his...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2019, 10:22 am (UTC)

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The poem "Winter Saturday" by Canadian poet Earle Birney is an extended metaphor that compares people coming out of their houses in the winter after a snowstorm to moths being fooled into emerging...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019, 8:50 pm (UTC)

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The theme of “David” by Earle Birney is whether or not euthanasia is consistent with our long-standing notions of human autonomy. The eponymous character has had a serious rock-climbing accident...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2021, 7:08 am (UTC)

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Earle Birney's "Anglosaxon Street" refers first to the "Anglo-Saxon," the merging of the Anglos and the Saxons. Historically, they are: ...Germanic settlers who came to Britain during the 5th and...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2011, 4:19 pm (UTC)

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Let's take a look at your question regarding the conflicts revealed in Earl Birney's poem "David." Birney's poem begins with the description of hard labor and its environment that summer cut[ting]...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2010, 2:17 am (UTC)

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The theme of the poem "Winter Saturday" by Earle Birney is that people overlook the wonders that are right in front of them. In this poem, people in a farmhouse emerge after a winter storm. They...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2019, 10:33 am (UTC)

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Earle Birney's "Vancouver Lights" employs many metaphors throughout. The theme of the poem itself is a metaphor that compares light and life. However, there are many specific metaphors in the poem...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2018, 4:46 pm (UTC)

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Poetry speaks to each individual in a different way. My perceptions are as follows: The rainbow in the poem may symbolize the speaker's dreams which have come crashing around him in the throes of...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2010, 2:51 am (UTC)

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In this poem, Birney seems to have a very negative view of his country. He sees it as a country that is not really all that significant. It is overshadowed by its parents (England) and especially...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2011, 11:16 pm (UTC)

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I will look at two lines from this poem. In both of these lines, Birney is arguing that Canada is not really a very "cultured" country. The first of these is Line 9, where Birney says that Canada...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2011, 11:21 pm (UTC)

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