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Commentary: Wild Bees The poem Wild Bees by James K. Baxter is a descriptive poem about a place in the southern hemisphere in January when it is summer. Specifically when the speaker and his friends steal honey from by burning a beehive. Baxter presents a speaker who appears to be engaged in observing the bees, and is fascinated by the natural instincts of the bees especially their preparations for winter. The speaker also compares himself to the Romans in Carthage and the Greeks in Troy, where the fires created killed many people, when depicting the flaming of the beehive that destroys half of the honey which can be seen as a protest against violence. The narrative is in first person and it is clear that the poet himself is the speaker as it refers back to a memory. The poet seems to prefer nature rather than materialistic items, as he points out "loss [honey] is a precious stone to me" (28), alluding to the honey which is lost in the fire. He also refers to honey as "their[bees'] gold" (24) ...read more.


foreshadows its actual contents, the poem does not reveal itself until the second stanza as the poem focuses on "one half-cloudy evening of ripe January" when they destroyed the beehive with a fire. There is also a contrast of tranquillity and action throughout the poem. The first stanza has an interested tone for the bees. The poet describes them as "swift as tigers", a simile that reveals his admiration. However, through the second stanza to the fourth, the tone is dramatic. This is illustrated by the imagery the poet uses, such as "masked to the eyes like plundering desperadoes" (9) and "wounded sky" (12), which gives a foreboding sense of warfare. Moreover the poet says that the "hive woke" (16), personifying the whole hive to establish the activity of all of the bees. However, the overall mood of the poem is melancholy, as the poem is a recount and analysis of a memory. Furthermore the poet uses the whole last stanza to ponder upon the bees. The poet introduces the bees as he sees them engaged in "passionless industry" (5) ...read more.


The comparison lets the reader see the damage done in a scale that is understandable, as the loss of half the honey is not significant enough to present that violence is not worth what it ruins. The quote "A job well botched" (21) and "Little enough their gold, and slight our joy" (24) expresses that the outcome was not as fully appreciated and that more honey should have been left. The speaker and his friends need not have burnt the hive, but instead wear some protective material and take the honey, not destroying the beehive. Violence can thus be seen as a way of losing for both parties involved. In conclusion, the poet tells the reader many things. The beauty of nature is emphasized by the imagery created by the poet whilst the disapproval of violence by comparison to history. The poet concludes his poem by "preaching the truth of winter To the fallen heart that does not cease to fall." (29-30), revealing that the bees must still prepare for winter even though their hive is burnt down. However winter recurs every year, and thus the preparations never stop, which creates a feeling of eternity of nature, even after we are gone. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hyeree Park IB1English 04/03-08 ...read more.

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