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Connotations, Themes, Attitudes, And Other Meanings Of "Boy At The Window" By Richard Wilbur

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"Boy at the Window"Richard WilburTitle: Boy - young, playful, innocentAt the window - bored, daydreaming, attracted to somethingParaphrase:Stanza 1 - The boy weeps because a snowman stands alone outside and is about to suffer through a harsh night.Stanza 2 - The snowman does not want to go inside and melt, but he feels thankful for the boy's worry of him.ConnotationSnowman - cold and hardened person-literally and emotionallyAll alone - he is independent, yet lonelyMore than he can bear - the man is suffering outsideNight of gnashings and enormous moan - sufferings for the man outside to faceFearful sight - afraid of the strangerPale-faced figure - sicklyBitumen - coalGod-forsaken ...view middle of the document...

Attitude: Poet - positive attitude because uses the boy to show compassion no matter who is involved or in what situation. "To see the youngster cry" shows the true pity the boy feels for him.Speaker - negative because the boy remained fearful like on line 5 where it talks about the boy's "fearful sight" of the man who did not receive any shelter against the dangerous night.Shifts: 1. Line 9. In the first stanza it seemed like the snowman wished to go inside the house, however in the beginning of the second stanza it says the snowman is content outside.2. Line 14-15 - line 14 discusses the tears of the snowman, but in line 15 it switches back to the boy watching from inside the windowTitle: Boy at the Window - the boy is comfortable inside while being protected by the window, which symbolizes all of the love he has. The love he receives separates him from the cold world outside and the people he feels sorry for in it.Themes:Children do not judge who they give they're compassion and mercy toOne should be responsible for his own choices and actions takenHumans have a fear of the unknown, such as strangers

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