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In her poem, "Away Melancholy", how does Smith attempt to encourage her readers to feel more optimistic about life?

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Introduction

Away, Melancholy by Stevie Smith In her poem, Away, Melancholy, how does Smith attempt to encourage her readers to feel more optimistic about life? ‘Away Melancholy’ by Stevie Smith is a beautiful poem, in which the reader is encouraged to remove the feeling of sadness from their minds; and appreciate the good parts of life. The poet speaks about the reasons she believes that there is no purpose to feel melancholy. Firstly, the poet talks about nature in stanza three, to convey her argument for positivity in the face of sorrow. She does this in the line, “The ant is busy/He carrieth his meat”. This line explains how all around us; nature’s fascinating processes are playing out; the ant is carrying his ‘meat’ and living his life as he should. ...read more.

Middle

This is illustrated in the line, “Man, too hurries, Eats, couples, buries”. This sentence is one of the extraordinarily clever lines in the poem. The use of asyndeton speeds up the pace of the poem, compared to the last stanzas, which additionally reflects the fleeing quickness of life. This further explains the idea that everyone has their own lives that are just as complex as the reader’s, thus you should not feel worried or depressed. Also, the fleetness of life should encourage the reader to feel more optimistic of life, as they are reminded that their time alive is limited so they should spend it happily. The invokes feelings of understanding in the reader as they realize they should not be wasting their time feeling melancholic and should instead- seize the day joyfully. ...read more.

Conclusion

It feels like an invocation of goodwill as the tone seems to belittle melancholy. This is a beautiful way of making the reader hear this refrain gradually become a mantra as they go through the poem; and finally hear the chant throughout. Moreover, this tone is of annoyance, which will help the reader feel more optimistic about life as they shoo melancholy away like it is a fly. In conclusion, ‘Away, Melancholy’ by Stevie Smith is a fascinating poem with an exceptionally insightful message. It is quite eye opening; exhibiting the idea that we are all so silly for wasting our time being sad. This poem is a remarkable depiction of life and it’s and the entire intent of this poem is wise beyond its years. ...read more.

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