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Analysis and comments on Boy at the Window by Richard Wilbur

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Comment 13 of 113, 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-

Reza from Iran
Comment 12 of 113, 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 113, added on February 28th, 2008 at 9:38 PM.

hay. this poem is cooly.

jasmyne from United States
Comment 10 of 113, 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 113, 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
Comment 8 of 113, added on April 7th, 2006 at 11:00 AM.

dan here, I'm 8 and fo to edc and this is how i think is what the poem
I think this poems is a good example of how people misinterpret other's
situations it shows that one's view of pain and anguish might be
contradicted by another view

Daniel from United States
Comment 7 of 113, added on March 14th, 2006 at 5:53 PM.

I really like this poem as well. I'm thinking there is a theme of pity to
it, but this is just my opinion.

Chelsea from United States
Comment 6 of 113, added on February 26th, 2006 at 7:37 PM.

I live in California and I am doing a paper on this as we speak, this poem
is about a boy feeling sympathetic for the snow man, wanting him to come
inside because the snowman is isolated and whatnot, but the snowman does
not feel isolated at all, he is "none the less content," because the
snowman has no feelings about anything, the writer did a really good job
using personification and imagery to let the readers understand more of the
essence of the poem.

Elisa from United States
Comment 5 of 113, added on February 13th, 2006 at 2:17 PM.


i'm from Belgium and I had to read this poem as a project for school.
And I really like this one, you can put so much antogonisms in this poem
like the rich, civilised man (boy) and the man living in nature (snowman)
or any kind of antagonism. That's why I like it so much.


alexander from Belgium
Comment 4 of 113, added on January 18th, 2006 at 7:16 PM.

This poem has been one of my favourites for a long time and I've done many
projedts around it, so for anyone who wants the emaning you can add my
email or catch me at www.myspace.com/christina_n


Christina from Canada

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Poet: Richard Wilbur
Poem: Boy at the Window
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