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Robert Louis Stevenson

This poem was part of Robert Louis Stevenson's collection of poems called A Child's Garden of Verses. Like many poems in the collection, "Travel" is written in the voice of a child, probably a boy....

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016, 12:07 am (UTC)

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The first stanza is filled with delightful images from the dreams of a seven-year-old child. These images are made up of scenes of adventure, similar to those which a child is likely to have read...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020, 11:56 am (UTC)

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A Vagabond is a wanderer. Some people call them tramps, but they like to travel the roads, never settling anywhere. This is important to understand if you want to understand this poem. I have...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2011, 4:00 am (UTC)

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The poem contrasts the nighttime, imaginative world of a child with his daytime, prosaic world. In the first stanza, the child, on going to bed, imagines castles, dragons, magic fruits, and gallant...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018, 6:00 am (UTC)

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This is a poem intended for children, and about children, and this can be heard in the rhyme scheme, meter, and rhythm of it. The poem is evocative of nursery rhymes and is clearly intended to be...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2021, 2:50 pm (UTC)

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According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the primary meaning of the word "abroad" is "beyond the boundaries of one's country; in or to a foreign country." Throughout his life, Scottish-born...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2020, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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In line 7 of the poem, Stevenson uses personification in the phrase "sunshine reaching out." At this point in the poem, Stevenson is describing the idealistic, utopian land that he would like to go...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2021, 8:17 am (UTC)

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"The Vagabond" is a lovely poem about the joys of a life of walking. In earlier centuries, it was quite common for people to take walking tours of scenic countryside; Scotland was a favorite place...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2010, 2:26 am (UTC)

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Robert Louis Stevenson

“Travel” by Robert Louis Stevenson expresses the wanderlust of an imaginative child who wishes to visit and explore all the wonderful places in the world that he or she has only read about in...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2021, 11:36 am (UTC)

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Come, My Little Children” initially served as the introduction to A Child’s Garland of Songs. The poem consists of eight lines broken up into two quatrains with the...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2021, 5:03 pm (UTC)

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"Farewell to the Farm" is one of the poems in Robert Louis Stevenson's 1885 collection of poems A Children's Garden of Verses. It is based on his own memories of childhood and is written in the...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2021, 8:40 pm (UTC)

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Robert Louis Stevenson's poem "My Shadow" reflects the way in which a child might think of a shadow, without understanding the physics behind the way the shadow works. For example, the narrator,...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2017, 12:57 am (UTC)

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In "The Vagabond" by Robert Louis Stevenson there are a number of tropes, which are figures of speech that include metaphors and similes, but there are few metaphor or simile tropes. There are...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2010, 1:18 am (UTC)

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Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson's poem "The Vagabond" represents the kind of life that the poet would love to live. All the narrator wants is to live a natural life filled with the heavens, the land, the...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2012, 4:16 pm (UTC)

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Robert Louis Stevenson

"My Shadow" is an 1885 poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, collected in his anthology A Child's Garden of Verses. The poem concerns a child whose shadow often acts of its own accord, changing shape or...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2012, 3:44 am (UTC)

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That line appears twice, in the nearly-identical second and fourth stanzas of "Vagabond" by Robert Louis Stevenson, and it means "Let me see the ground all around me," or in other words, "Allow me...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2016, 3:13 pm (UTC)

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David Balfour is a naive, trusting 17-year-old boy who is orphaned by the death of his father and later betrayed by his uncle, Ebenzer. Being a native of the Scottish Lowlands, David is Caucasian....

Latest answer posted August 7, 2018, 2:33 am (UTC)

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As with many of Stevenson's verses for children, “The Gardener” is based upon an intergenerational clash. The child speaker in the poem just wants to play, but the gardener, an old man, isn't...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2021, 11:33 am (UTC)

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This is funny! It's also true. Marriage is about communication. A successful marriage still has conflict, but succeeds in getting past it- again through communication. When people are open and...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2011, 9:49 am (UTC)

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Tone I would say that the poet's tone is accepting and even reflective. The poet is glad he lived, but he's ready to die. He's rather philosophical about his death. Dying isn't a morbid subject for...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2017, 7:22 pm (UTC)

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He starts the poem by asking to be given the life that he loves. Then he describes the life on the road, sleeping outside and swimming inthe river. Inthe next stanza he says he knows he will die...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2009, 5:52 pm (UTC)

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There are elements of both fantasy and more factual elements in this story. Clearly the phenomenon of stealing bodies from graves was a common practice in Victorian times, and the so-called...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2013, 7:59 am (UTC)

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I must admit, I really like what you have at the moment, and I think that would be a good basis for your introduction. I am very impressed by phrases such as "skimmed the surface of experience." Do...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2010, 7:28 pm (UTC)

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The previous post was quite strong. I would only like to add that there might be a bit more of conditionality implied in the changing of verbs. In the second stanza, there is a slight tone of...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2010, 8:15 pm (UTC)

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Hyde is, essentially, the most dark, evil, and bitter parts of humankind distilled into a single being of unimaginable malevolence and vitriol. Dr. Henry Jekyll has found a way to completely...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2019, 1:12 am (UTC)

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Though the narrator never explicitly states their age, there are clues in the text that help us infer that they are a child. Stevenson has given the poem a very simplistic meter and rhyme scheme....

Latest answer posted May 4, 2021, 11:26 am (UTC)

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Stevenson's "emigrant" experience came in answer to the call of his future wife, American Fanny Vandegrift, who was ill though awaiting him so they might be married, her divorce being finalized....

Latest answer posted November 2, 2013, 8:34 pm (UTC)

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I wonder if Stevenson is familiar with and perhaps referring to Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations of Immortality, where he refers to our earthly existence as "a sleep and a forgetting"; "Earth fills...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2013, 5:20 pm (UTC)

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As you might have noted, there's lots of homosocial examples coursing through the works of Robert Louis Stevenson and Rider Haggard. Let's focus on Stevenson first. The work that catches our...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020, 3:08 pm (UTC)

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I have just answered a very similar question with an almost identical thesis statement, and so I must warn you too to be very careful of plagiarism. Your thesis statement as it stands looks as if...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2010, 7:35 pm (UTC)

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Robert L. Stevenson's poem "The Vagabond" describes a life for which he yearns. Often, the vagabond lives his life wandering and longing for something that he may not even understand. However,...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2012, 4:51 pm (UTC)

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I am assuming you are asking about "The Vagabond" by Robert Louis Stevenson. If this is not correct, please submit another question with more identification. A "vagabond" is a person who is...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2011, 10:40 pm (UTC)

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This question is written so as to suggest that yes, the poetic speaker does really seek rest in this poem, "The Vagabond." The word in the first stanza that might indicate this interpretation is...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2010, 12:16 pm (UTC)

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These two works can be generally discussed as hybrids, taking into account how they diverge from their novelistic templates. Hybrids are a confluence of different elements: in these cases, genres...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019, 3:48 pm (UTC)

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All you need to do is read Rorie and Uncle Gordon with a Scottish brogue! Which, of course, is much harder than it sounds--or as hard as it sounds. Stevenson was noted for his great facility with...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2010, 11:49 pm (UTC)

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