What are all the poetic devices used in Falling Song by Daniel David Moses, and what is the message/theme?
Falling Song by Daniel David Moses
There was the sweet but reedy
honking of geese coming down
this morning with rain over
rush hour streets, coming
through like bells that celebrate.
I got right up, pushing up
close to the sooty window
pane. I peered out and up through
the weather, imagining
that that line of winged dots would
be shifting as if waves moved
easily through them, as if
waves floated them south. I wanted
to catch them riding, spots on
the wake of the wind, marking
the certain direction of
their migration. But I got
no satisfaction. Mist kept
them mysterious, quickly
dampening their call. Leaning
over the sill, I gaped at
a window shade dull sky, at
a hollow city, and felt
like I'd missed a parade I
would have wanted to follow.
The poem talks about nature versus modern world. The poet, who lives in a city, is more inclined towards nature. He wants to fly away with the birds- away from the monotonous, selfish, materialistic world. But the same world stops him from doing so. He still clings on to the hope of being close to nature.
The opening lines introduce Geese who are migrating as the winter dawns. The poet calls their sound 'Sweet but reedy(high pitched voice)'. He compares their song to the music of the bells against the loud honking of the traffic in the city.
The poet, who is sitting in his room, comes out to the window, that has turned black because of the smoke of the traffic, to see the beautiful birds migrating. He imagines them flying south in a neat line. He wishes to chase them , follow them and join them. This shows his desire to be free and away from the modern world.
He tries to figure out their direction by hearing their sound but the mist covered the whole sky and he is not able see them. Mist can be a symbolism used for the smoke and the pollution that has covered the sky. Sad and disappointed, he clings on to the window with the hope of having a glimpse of the geese.
Simile: 'coming through like bells that celebrate' - the sound of Geese is compared to jingle of bells.
'felt like I'd missed a parade I
would have wanted to follow.'- compares himself to a child who had missed the parade and is disappointed.
imagining that that line of winged dots would
be shifting as if waves moved easily through them, as if waves floated them south- Poet succeeds to create an image in the mind of a reader.
'I gaped at a window shade dull sky, at a hollow city'
It is when the idea and a line is continued in the next line of a poem.
Stanza 2 line 5 and stanza 3 line 1.
Stanza 3 line 5 and stanza 4 line 1.
The poem is written in blank verse.