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Analysis Rising Five By Norman Nicholson

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George Ingram 22/12/04 Analysis Rising Five By Norman Nicholson READ POEM Rising Five by Norman Nicholson appears to be a simple poem. It then goes on to become a lot deeper and more complicated. It begins with the innocent remark of a four year old to the poet. This comment makes the poet think about how everyone contemplates their future. Next Slide The first verse describes an emphatic four year old boy who is indignant because someone called him four. He sees things differently, "I'm rising five', he said, 'not four". This comment is an innocent one typical of all young children but it makes the poet think about how it is not only young children who jump ahead but also older people in all stages of their lives that do this. The boy is in the earliest stage of his life which is the bud of his life. 'Little coils of hair un-clicked themselves upon his head' this is talking about the boy and gives the impression of him stamping his foot and tossing his head. ...read more.


In the third verse the phrase, 'the dust dissected tangential light' describes angular tunnels of light beaming across the field with tiny specks of dust dancing in the slanting light. At this point the poet realises that all people look ahead and anticipate what is going to happen to them next. The poet then makes a mockery of this saying, 'not day, But rising night; not now, But rising soon.' This shows the time of day is early evening. To simplify the quote he says that it is rising, rising-night or it will soon be rising night. Here he continues the repetition of the word 'rising' and takes the theme of the poem on to the next step narrowing down its meaning. Next Slide The last verse in Rising Five is the most important verse; it is the punch line of the poem. The first line explains 'the new buds pushing old leaves from the bough.' This is referring to children like buds being born and older generations like dead leaves dieing. ...read more.


All three of the places mentioned in the last two quotes, the cradle, the marriage bed and death are resting places during different stages of life. People cannot rest in them because they are too worried about the next stage of their lives. Finally people's whole lives have been spent worrying for nothing because when they are dead there is no 'next stage' to their life. Next Slide In conclusion to my analysis Norman Nicholson's poem Rising Five is about people rushing away their lives. It is an analogy of human life and its generations and the cycle of a bud growing into a flower then a fruit and then the fruit rotting and dieing. It describes a child looking ahead, seasons moving on, the end of a day, and brings them all together in the last verse to explain the inevitable continuation of time. The poem starts off as a descriptive and simple poem but the further on you read the deeper and more depressing the poem becomes. Norman Nicholson makes the reader of Rising Five live in the present rather than worry about the future. Next Slide ...read more.

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