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In the poem The White Horse, Gwendolyn MacEwen uses imagery, contrast, and symbolism to bring out the ideas of her work

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Path to Peace In the poem The White Horse, Gwendolyn MacEwen uses imagery, symbolism, contrast, and some punctuation to bring out the ideas and style of her work. Throughout the poem, MacEwen also utilizes religious ideas from the Bible in order to provide insight and depth. These techniques and ideas are used to help to imply the search for everlasting peace in a corrupt world of war and conflict. The first stanza introduces the style of the author's writing and how her use of symbolism and imagery are used to present the basis of the poem. The first line mentions of a "[white] horse [coming] into the world". This can relate to an event in the Bible, where in the book of Revelation, Jesus rides a white horse down towards the earth. Jesus and the colour white can be symbols of divinity, peace, and purity. ...read more.


The rare punctuation in this stanza gives the reader a quickened pace, which emphasizes the chaos in the world. In comparison, the first stanza aforementioned had many commas, allowing pauses to accentuate the brilliance and heavenliness. This suggests change in the tone of the poem; from heavenly to infernal. Words in the text such as "shrapnel, wars, invaded, bombs, limbs, broken countries" create imagery of hostility and destruction; far from attaining harmony in the world. "Broken countries" such as "Ireland and Lebanon" may be "broken" because they are countries that do not have faith in Christ, God. This can be explained with the quotation "the universe where this horse has never been"; spiritually, Christ Jesus has never been to those nations. It is as if the only way to gain peace is through the horse, or figuratively, Jesus. The haplessness of this stanza creates a great yearning for peace; without peace, there is no hope. ...read more.


"But hasn't the brilliant end come, you wonder..." relates to the common belief that good things always come to an end, therefore the person is wondering "[shouldn't] the world [be] still burning?". On the other hand, there is a demand to announce "it is morning"; a new start, a new beginning. The image of divinity and purity is again illustrated by the horse and the "colour of seafoam". Again, it states tat the horse is "the first horse that the world has ever seen". The repetition of this line in the first and last stanza may suggest that this horse is the only horse in the world. This adds to the religious idea of there being only one almighty Jesus, God. "[Christ] which stands now watching you across the field of endless sunlight". The faith in him will grant "endless" peace and paradise. Through the use of imagery, symbolism, contrast, punctuation, and religious reference from the Bible, Gwendolyn MacEwen suggests that even in a troubling world like this, there is always a hope for eternal peace and harmony. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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