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"Before the Sun", by Charles Mungoshi. "Before de Sun", by Charles Mungoshi, is a poem about a fourteen-year-old boy who is chopping down trees in an intense blue morning. However, this beautiful day will suddenly disappear as a storm is coming in the afternoon and, with it, more than the weather conditions will change. Firstly, the poem begins by showing a boy working in the woods. The day is clear and promising early heat, but also heavy rain in the afternoon. The poem depicts the fourteen-year-old boy's work, his tools and his aims: cutting down thick pieces of wood. The speaker can be on a threshold in the sense that he is in the middle of a process: he is neither a child nor an adult; it is neither day nor night. ...read more.


This might encourage the boy to continue working, because he seems to like big challenges ("when you are fourteen, big logs are what you want"), such as cutting down huge pieces of wood, but on the other hand, he may consider that his work is rather heavy and that it takes a long time, because of the use of words like "distance", "eternities" and "settle down", which imply long-lasting periods of time. Later, the following stanzas centre on the wood that is cut by the boy. The smell that the wood gives off is depicted. It is a fresh and "nose-cleansing odour", which the speaker seems to be fond of, and, besides, it does not make him sneeze at all, like sawdust does. ...read more.


like some latecomer to a fest"), as it nears him to adulthood. He believes himself to be ready to change, and this is represented by the fact that he is "got two cobs of maize ready for it". However, for the sun to give him what he wants, he has to give something in exchange. This is how he ends up sharing his cobs with it until he ends up with nothing but the "two little skeletons", which means that his sacrifice has been completed. All things considered, Charles Mungoshi has wittingly used the figure of a teen lumberjack and his hard day of work to put a much more important message across: for things to happen the way you expect them to, you must make some sort of sacrifice. Cleia Antonelli, Eliana Gomez Balaguer, Laura Giglio, Juan Ignacio Toselli 1 ...read more.

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