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Poem analysis. The deathly child is very gay, He walks in the sunshine but no shadow falls his way.

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Introduction

POEM The deathly child is very gay, He walks in the sunshine but no shadow falls his way. He has come to warn us that one must go who would rather stay Oh deathly child With a hear of woe And a smile on your face, Who is it that must go? He walks down the avenue, the trees Have leaves that are silver when they are turned upon the breeze He is more pale than the silver leaves more pale that these He walks delicately, He has a delicate tread. Why look, he leaves no mark at all Where the dust is spread Over the caf� tables the talk is going to and fro An the people smile and they frown, but they do not know That the deathly child walks. Ah who is it that must go? I think that this poem is about the angel of death who is here to take the soul of a person. The first text gives us a brief outline of the poem. From the second to the fourth text we find a description of the deathly child and the last text gives the perception of the public as from the deathly child's own perspective. ...read more.

Middle

The stanzas go in and out. The second and fourth text do not extend to the right-hand edge of the page, it appears to be short, not only in words but also in length while the other text are not. In comparison, text 2 and 4 has nearly the same amount of words. When reading the poem out loud, there tends to be a rhythm in the language, such as: - 1 2 3 4 5 6 The deadly child is very gay There are 8 syllables in the sentence, 4 strong, 4 weak. The weak syllables are before the words dead-, child, ver- and gay. This gives rise to a regular 'di dum di dum' pattern for the whole of this sentence, which helps us to see this interesting rhythmic effects. After this, the rhythmic affect changes. Poetic orthography within the text shows the word Caf�, which expand to two syllables in order to conform to the metrical pattern. This poetry has a significant proportion of run-on lines (enjambment). When we get to rather and the we know that that there is still more information to come. ...read more.

Conclusion

The words "The deathly child" is repeated, several times in the poem and instead of giving "the deathly child" a name, the writer of this poem uses social dexis. In this poem the writer confronts us with a series of paradoxes. "There is sun where there is no shadow" and "He leaves no mark at all where the dust is spread". I think that the writer writes in this particular way, because the writer is describing the deathly child as something different from the humans. If someone does not have a shadow, it means that they do not have a soul. When it says "he leaves not mark at all where the dust is spread" is shows that the deathly child cannot be seen. Graphology: all lines begin with a capital letter because to give relations between speech and writing. And there are no two sentences within the same line, except the last stanza, which not only has a capital at the beginning of the line but also in the next sentence. I have also noticed that all the stanzas in the middle text begin with the letter "h" and the first letters in the first and second texts are also represented in the third and fifth text but in different order. ...read more.

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