• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Bay - James K Baxter

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Critical analysis and interpretation of "The Bay" by James K Baxter James K Baxter wrote poems that talked about his own countryside and the people who lived there and though "The Bay" has a tone of nostalgia he claims that "what happens [in his writing] is either meaningless to [him] or else it is mythology". "The Bay" does touch on some mythology in the last line of the second stanza when he walks about the "taniwha." and he uses nature and his surroundings to identify with his feelings and describe them. He finds himself "On the road to the bay" recalling moments in his childhood. How they "bathed at times and changed in the bamboos" and how they "raced boats from the banks of the pumice creek/ Or swam in...autumnal shallows." ...read more.

Middle

There is an impending danger and something bad is about to happen from this point - "waiting for the taniwha" [In Maori mythology, taniwha is a being that is found in deep parts of rivers, lakes or in the sea where the currents are dangerous.] The scene becomes eerie with the presence of "little spiders/ On driftwood so poisonous and quick." And as the danger grows much closer, the mood gets more darker - "The carved cliffs and the great out crying surf/ With currents round the rocks and the birds rising." The significance of "the birds rising" is to show how close this danger was to him. Birds are known to rise on such occasions. His life is at a turmoil and a lot of bad things were happening to him at the time. ...read more.

Conclusion

"And stand stone still and cannot turn away., as though he were waiting for an answer to a question in his life, or figuring out where it went wrong in his life that he ended up "Nowhere". Baxter says, "The bay that never was." It was a place that brought him happiness and he spent great moments here but all the while, underneath the surface, there were bad memories as well and moments of sadness. He suggests that happiness may not exist and has no meaning. The Bay was his escape when he was younger and as he grew older he begun to realize the many things that were wrong around him - "little spiders...so poisonous and quick". From this point on, the poet suggests that his life had never been as happy or as fulfilled as it is "Not that veritable garden where everything comes easy". Because he "now remembered...the bay that never was." ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Poets section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Poets essays

  1. No More Hiroshimas - James Kirkup

    Kirkup suggest that the death that was brought with the bomb carries on with something less than life amongst the people that re-inhabited the city.

  2. Compare and Contrast James Joyce & Charles Dickens

    His "five little brothers" also are buried next to his parents who died "exceedingly early" this goes to highlight how much suffering Pip has endured, a "universal struggle" but not just for him, all those who we're lower class of the era perhaps.

  1. "All The major Romantics...were engaged...in the rediscovery of nature, the assertion of the one-ness ...

    Sleep, where he wrote that the final lines "To be beloved is all I need, / And whom I love I love indeed" make it seem as if Coleridge is "in distress and crying out" for help3 as he again feels detached-the first line "ere on my bed my limbs

  2. Commentary on The Lost Heritage by Heather Buck

    This is metaphoric as the creation of the carpet is used as a vehicle for the creation of our heritage. The use of the phrase "who sweated their lives" indicate that although our ancestors poured their entire sweat and energy into the creation of our heritage, we today simply "tread" on this carpet and hold no recognition towards it.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work