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Morals and values learnt in " Under a ramshackle rainbow".

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Morals and values learnt in " Under a Ramshackle Rainbow" " Under a Ramshackle Rainbow", is a very deep poem in which the poet uses dark and morbid images and symbols to get across morals and values to the reader. The underlining theme of the poem is how one should treat their surroundings and what the consequences to their actions will be. From the immediate start of the poem, a creepy and eery atmosphere is created by casting a dark image in the reader's mind. ' A dead tree. On a rotten branch sit two wingless birds.' The words 'dead' and 'rotten' show the sincerity of the issue. The mentioning of two wingless birds is very significant as they portray the poet's first message to the reader. The wingless birds basically defy their objective in life. Birds need wings to fly and without wings not only do they not have their freedom, but they have no means of survival; they cannot avoid predators or catch prey. Therefore death is inevitable. After only reading the first two lines the reader may feel confused to why the birds are wingless and why their habit is in such an unusual state. The ending to the first stanza clarify the confusion. ...read more.

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Once again the poet starts the stanza by giving the reader a brief description of a scene so the reader finds themselves creating vivid scenes using their imagination. This is effective as it gets the reader more involved in the poem. The ' overgrown ruin' carries on the concept of tarnishing beauty. All the scenes and situations that the poet describes have come to be in the state that they are in due to the ignorance of man. If the tree, pond and ruin had all been looked after and cared for by man instead of abused and neglected, they're beauty would not be destroyed. The man sleeping sitting up against a ruin shows the increasing desperation of the man. This increase of desperation to survive could be due to his realisation of the affects of his actions. Sleeping against the ruin also shows how the ruin has been abused. A ruin is something of beauty and worship but after having been neglected and unseen to, it has just faded into the rest of the destroyed surroundings. The poet then goes on to use patheticfallacy to alter the mood of the poem. Raindrops are almost like a symbol of a teardrop and this gives the poem a much more sincister, dark edge to it. ...read more.

Conclusion

The last stanza ends the poem with a dramatic and grave ending. ' An abadoned ant hill. Above a little woodmarsh floats the man. The sun is just going down. The man has already stopped growing.' By saying that the man is ' floating' and that he has ' stopped growing', it is concluded that the man is dead. Choosing such a drastic fate get's the poet's message across to the reader, leaving no room for empathy or sympathy. The twist in the poem of nature successfully receiving compensation for man's behaviour is secured by the last line of the poem. ' The ants gather on the shore. ' It is as though the ants represent nature and are the audience that witness the death of the man. After reading " Under the Ramshackle Rainbow" the reader understands perfectly, the aim of the poem. The aim of the poem is to get across a message that one should respect their surroundings and instead of neglect or abuse them, giving back to them what you take. If one should act in greed and only take from nature, they will have to suffer the consequences. The aim of the poem is put forward effectively by using methods such as patheticfallacy, irony and dramatic twists. The poet also uses enjambement to give the poem a more distorted rhyme and structural appearance that emphasises the destruction and ruin of the poem. ...read more.

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