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Analysis and comments on Boy at the Window by Richard Wilbur

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Comment 29 of 119, added on February 13th, 2012 at 12:40 PM.

Thanks:) Cool topic, write more often! You manage with it perfctly:DD

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Comment 28 of 119, added on February 13th, 2012 at 11:55 AM.

Cool:) I would say say it exploded my brain..!!

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Comment 27 of 119, added on February 13th, 2012 at 11:32 AM.

Thanks for the news! Just was thinking about it! By the way Happy New Year
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Comment 26 of 119, added on February 13th, 2012 at 11:09 AM.

Extremely easy by words but in reality�, a lot of things don`t
correspond. Not everything is so rosy..!!

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Comment 25 of 119, added on February 12th, 2012 at 4:32 AM.

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Comment 24 of 119, added on April 18th, 2011 at 3:44 PM.

What is the irony in this poem?

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Comment 23 of 119, added on February 1st, 2011 at 8:47 PM.

santiago from the united states is just an idiot.

Hayley from United States
Comment 22 of 119, added on January 16th, 2011 at 5:03 PM.
Im leterature student

the boy was feel pity for a snowman and the snowman was fell pity for him
the both fell sorry for each other .the boy tears was made the snowman move
even " Having no wish to go inside and die "
"His tearful sight can hardly reach to where " why and for whom are that
tears ?
also in other deeper point of view no one can be instead of the others and
if we tried to be we will lost the boy was crying for the snowman as
seeing stand alone in a coldness but the snowman made to be like that
he should live like that whether will milt
we can understand so many thing from the poem 1-in this life the are
diffrent people but some poor some rich .why?
some do may sin some less .why?
every one has diffrent life from each ther and some time we ask why?coz
every one live and grown up in diffrent way
2never judged before being in that person shoes (both was understand the
other situation from their point of view if u wanna jude some one even
think of that person shape

Amal from Iran
Comment 21 of 119, added on November 13th, 2010 at 1:09 PM.

what are the key literary elements in this poem, i know that there is
personification and allusion and imagery. is there anyothers?

Comment 20 of 119, added on May 4th, 2010 at 3:51 AM.
Ap literature

This is my understanding of the poem. There is more that I haven't caught i
am sure, there always is. :)

Seeing the snowman standing all alone
(The boy sees the snowman as sad and alone)
In dusk and cold is more than he can bear.
(“cold” and “dusk” have negative connotations showing the boys
The small boy weeps to hear the wind prepare
A night of gnashings and enormous moan.
(“gnashings” means to grind teeth in pain.)
His tearful sight can hardly reach to where
The pale-faced figure with bitumen eyes
(“pale-faced” gives an image of illness that we relate to the world)
Returns him such a God-forsaken stare
As outcast Adam gave to paradise.
(This is a biblical reference to Adam and Eve. They were happy before they
gave into temptation and chose another life. This can be compared to the
boy and the snowman, if they lived they lived the others life, they would
be unhappy or die)

The man of snow is, nonetheless, content,
Having no wish to go inside and die.
(The snowman can only live in his world because he would die otherwise.)
Still, he is moved to see the youngster cry.
Though frozen water is his element,
(Frozen water is his comfort, but seeing the young boy cry makes him feel
pity for the boy.)
He melts enough to drop from one soft eye
A trickle of the purest rain, a tear
For the child at the bright pane surrounded by
Such warmth, such light, such love, and so much fear.

As the boy fears the for the snowman’s life the snowman pities the boy for
the boy’s life. They both misunderstand and have a different perception of
each others life. This also shows that we can only live our own lives, and
not completely understand other’s lives.

Don't just use this though. interpret the poem for yourselves, you'll get
more out of it.

Helen S. from United States

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Poet: Richard Wilbur
Poem: Boy at the Window
Added: Apr 28 2005
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