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The Vagabond

In this poem, the phrase “blue finger” is an example of synecdoche; the part (finger) is being used to represent the whole (the whole person). The speaker tells us that autumn is “silencing” a bird...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2019 6:40 am UTC

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The Vagabond

The vagabond referred to in the title of this poem serves also as its speaker. He is one who desires nothing more than to be a wanderer, living and sleeping outdoors, taking advantage of the...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016 4:29 pm UTC

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The Vagabond

To fully understand the four lines you mention, we should probably take a look at the entire poem first. What is "The Vagabond" about? In the first line, Robert Louis Stevenson writes, "Give to me...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2020 1:05 pm UTC

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The Vagabond

In this poem, the merry vagabond imagines the natural world around him to be his home, providing him all the comforts of another person's home in a physical house. As such, he describes his...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2018 10:55 am UTC

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The eponymous vagabond wanders the highways and byways of the countryside all year round and in all weather conditions. It's a hard life, but the vagabond greatly appreciates the freedom that it...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020 11:26 am UTC

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The Vagabond

The vagabond rather enjoys his life of wandering the highways and byways. It's a simple life being out in the open air; all the vagabond's needs are catered for by Mother Nature. If he wants food,...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018 1:12 pm UTC

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The Vagabond

Robert Louis Stevenson uses these lines as a refrain in "The Vagabond" in order to not only emphasize his innermost desire, but also to show the satisfaction of that desire realized. The lines...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2018 10:02 pm UTC

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The Vagabond

The vagabond is a wanderer with no fixed home. The only time he talks specifically about autumn and winter is in the third stanza. Autumn is described here not as a beautiful season in which the...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2019 8:18 pm UTC

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The vagabond claims to love his life, with only heaven above him and the road below. He says that he likes to sleep out under the stars and "dip" his bread "in the river" (line 6). I think it is...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019 3:56 pm UTC

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The Vagabond

A rhyme scheme is a regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem. All rhyming words are assigned the same letter. For example, in this poem, there are many lines ending with the word me ---- these...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2011 5:07 am UTC

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The Vagabond

Give to me the life I love,Let the lave go by me,Give the jolly heaven aboveAnd the byway nigh me.Bed in the bush with stars to see,Bread I dip in the river—There's the life for a man like...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019 7:49 pm UTC

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The Vagabond

The poet (who is the speaker in this poem) is a restless, roving man who loves to be in nature and who is stubborn and fatalistic. During much of the poem, the poet-speaker expresses his love of...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2019 3:00 am UTC

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Strange as it may seem, but the vagabond is perfectly happy with his wandering existence outdoors. He's content to forego all the many creature comforts that the rest of us take for granted, such...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019 5:24 am UTC

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Stevenson set this poem to a piece of music by Schubert, so it necessarily adheres to the regular rhythm of that musical tether. The rhyme scheme is one in which, by and large, every other line...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019 9:30 am UTC

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The vagabond does not have any expectations regarding his life because he is essentially content with the status quo (the way things are now or the current state of affairs). He is happy to travel...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2015 5:05 pm UTC

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The speaker of Stevenson's poem gives the same main reason for being a vagabond that other famous vagabonds have given as well. That reason is contentment. Vagabonds, including the speaker of the...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2015 2:23 pm UTC

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The Vagabond

A vagabond is a word for a person who wanders from place to place, one who does not have a home in the typical sense. In the first stanza of the poem, the vagabond who narrates the text states that...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019 4:13 pm UTC

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The Vagabond

As the vagabond tells us, he seeks nothing more in life than the heaven above and the road below him. His needs are simple; unlike most people, he doesn't even require the comfort of a nice warm...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2021 12:36 pm UTC

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The Vagabond

The speaker in Robert Louis Stevenson's poem “The Vagabond” is a traveler who lives his life on the road. He has no set home, but he loves his life. All he wants is the heavens above him and the...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2021 3:58 pm UTC

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In addition to my first answer, I would like to offer a further explanation about Robert Louis Stevenson's health. From childhood, Robert Louis Stevenson suffered from poor health in which he was...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2016 10:27 pm UTC

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The Vagabond

In the poem "The Vagabond" by Robert Louis Stevenson, the speaker refers to life on the road as "the life I love." He likes to spend his days with the open sky above and the road before him, and at...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2021 12:10 am UTC

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The Vagabond

Robert Louis Stevenson's poem "The Vagabond" is a celebration of the simple, rural life. The eponymous "vagabond," who is the speaker of the poem, is a person with no home who wanders from place to...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019 9:49 am UTC

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The poem "The Vagabond" by Robert Louis Stevenson is a celebration of freedom, nature, and life. It focuses on someone who chooses to live life with total freedom in aims of enjoying all that...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2021 6:02 pm UTC

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