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Analysis and comments on Boy at the Window by Richard Wilbur

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Comment 18 of 108, added on May 19th, 2009 at 6:05 PM.

There is an important religious allusion in line 7-8. Adam is refering to
Adam and Eve and the temptations he faced from the devil. They both had a
good life until the snake tempted them. After that, his life was filled
with pain and corruption. Similarly, the boy and snowman are both
satisfied, unless they choose the other life.

Hannah
Comment 17 of 108, added on May 17th, 2009 at 10:01 PM.

I like the poem, his use of rhyming helps convey his message of
misinterpretation

Schlomo from Israel
Comment 16 of 108, added on April 22nd, 2009 at 3:02 PM.

This poem is about the loss of innocence. The boy is afraid of what lies
ahead and does not want to grow up. The cold refers to the harsh
"real-world". The snowman sees that the boy is being sheltered and kept
from reality. He knows that the cold is fine and is nothing to fear. He
pities the boy because while the boy has it good, he does not see the world
for what it is, good and bad.

Kim from United States
Comment 15 of 108, added on March 27th, 2009 at 12:45 PM.

Hey i liked this poem, but theire something that i don't understand, our
englisj teacher talk religion in this poeme but i don't see the link... can
somebody help me?

Kevin from Canada
Comment 14 of 108, added on February 23rd, 2009 at 7:49 PM.

THIS IS A POEM ABOUT A BOY AND A SNOWMAN WANTING TO SWITCH PLACES BECAUSE
THEY THINK OPPOSITE THINGS THAT THEY THINK IS BETTER FOR EACH OTHER

SANTIAGO from United States
Comment 13 of 108, added on December 18th, 2008 at 5:08 AM.

hi i really liked the duality of the poem. the poem clearly shows how our
sympathetic feelings towards others can be perilous if we don't consider
their situation as it is.the last two lines, however, show the loneliness
of man in an industrial world where everything seems -and only seems-
comfortable.

Reza from Iran
Comment 12 of 108, added on May 14th, 2008 at 1:42 PM.

Studying this for Higher English here in bonny Scotland. Our class has
analysed this poem and have come to the conclusion that the theme is
perception and misinterpretation, perhaps misunderstanding. The boy is
unneccessarily sad to see the snowman outside alone in the cold and storm.
The snowman is worried about the boy being surrounded bu "such warmth, such
light and so much fear". Each thinks the other is in a dangerous situation,
the snowman thinks the boy is going to melt in the heat and the boy thinks
the snowman is going to die of cold out in the storm. It is a lesson to
make us realise that everything we see in another's situation may not be as
it seems, and we must try to put ourselves in others' shoes before we make
judgements on others and how they are living

Janice Brough from United Kingdom
Comment 11 of 108, added on February 28th, 2008 at 9:38 PM.

hay. this poem is cooly.

jasmyne from United States
Comment 10 of 108, added on February 6th, 2008 at 10:13 PM.

hi !!! i really like this poem it's really amazing & cute ♥

nicolle from United States
Comment 9 of 108, added on April 17th, 2006 at 11:22 AM.

I think the snowman is content because in the house he wouldn't be able to
live. He would die in the house so of course he is content outside.

Antwonette from United States

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Poet: Richard Wilbur
Poem: Boy at the Window
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