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Vancouver Lights

There are lots of metaphors in Earle Birney's "Vancouver Lights," some of which seem to contradict each other. In the opening stanza, the night "wimples" the mountains and "wraps" the landscape....

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020 11:33 am UTC

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Vancouver Lights

"Vancouver Lights" includes the words "falter and halt" in line 7. The sounds of this phrase create an example of consonance. Consonance is the repetition of consonant sounds near each other in a...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020 6:35 pm UTC

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Vancouver Lights

The theme of Birney's poem, written shortly after the start of World War II, is that humankind has self-destructive tendencies and has only itself to blame for the situations it finds itself, such...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020 2:53 am UTC

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Vancouver Lights

The central symbol of Earle Birney’s poem “Vancouver Lights” – as the very title of the poem suggests – is light. Imagery of light appears throughout the poem and suggests a variety of meanings....

Latest answer posted October 27, 2011 2:30 am UTC

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To understand the reason why author Earle Birney might have chosen to subvert traditional grammatical conventions and employ irregular spacing in "Vancouver Lights," it is first necessary to...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2019 3:11 am UTC

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