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To a Waterfowl

I agree with the first answerer that hers is a moral lesson that you can draw from this poem. I draw a slightly different one. To me, the lesson here is that you should trust in yourself and do...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2010, 10:41 pm (UTC)

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To a Waterfowl

In the first stanza of "To a Waterfowl," the speaker asks the bird where it flies on its own at the close of day. The sunset that accompanies the bird is richly described as glowing and rosy. The...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2018, 11:29 am (UTC)

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To a Waterfowl

A stanza-by-stanza analysis is an effective method for interpreting poems. The first stanza of four lines (a quatrain) finds the speaker asking the bird where it goes, on its own, at the close of...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2017, 9:22 am (UTC)

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To a Waterfowl

“To a Waterfowl” is a spiritual poem by William Cullen Bryant, first published in 1818. In the poem Bryant, on a solitary walk himself, espies a flying waterfowl overhead and draws a parallel...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016, 10:58 pm (UTC)

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To a Waterfowl

In the famous poem "To a Waterfowl" by William Cullen Bryant, the narrator observes a bird flying alone high in the sky while he's on a walk. The overall mood is contemplative. The narrator uses...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2019, 2:32 pm (UTC)

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To a Waterfowl

Bryant could have a couple different themes in this poem. I think the strongest theme that you could support with archaic words would be in reference to religion. The first mention of God or a...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 2:43 am (UTC)

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To a Waterfowl

The mood of William Cullen Bryant's "To a Waterfowl" is contemplative and reverent. In the opening stanza, the speaker asks the bird where it goes at sunset. In the next, he observes that a hunter...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2016, 9:26 pm (UTC)

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To a Waterfowl

One must assume that the Power referred to is the power of God. The influential natural theologian, William Paley, who pre-dated the author of the poem, William Cullen Bryant, believed, and wrote...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2009, 10:58 pm (UTC)

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To a Waterfowl

So are you just asking what "archaic" means? The word "archaic" means really old-fashioned or outdated. There are lots of archaic words in this poem. Just a few include "whither," "dost,"...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2009, 4:57 am (UTC)

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To a Waterfowl

To quote the main Enotes page for the poem, "The poem consists of eight quatrains, or four-line stanzas. Each stanza is written in pentameter and trimeter verse with an alternating rhyme scheme."...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2010, 11:59 pm (UTC)

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The archaic vocabulary Bryant uses has two immediate effects, and several that follow. The first is defamiliarization. He's talking to and about a duck or similar bird, after all. Most people see...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2008, 9:38 am (UTC)

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