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MARGON AND WHITE
his thoughts into a piece of artistry is very
In the poem, "Time," Galsworthy
offers a bit of interesting philosophy and
leaves us with the two closing lines:
"Then what is man's so brittle life?-
The buzzing of the flies that pass!"
An interesting and pleasant thought is
offered in the poem, "The Seeds of Light,"
in which sun beams are described and comL
"The little sunny smiles of God that
glisten forth and die."
Whoever thought of describing the
moon at dawn? Rather a unique time to de-
scribe the satellite, but the effect produced
is quite lovely. The rhyming scheme is a
new one to me: the last word of every
line in one stanza rhymes. Every stanza
is arranged according to this plan no mat-
ter how many lines to a stanza.
"Serenity" presents a number of word
pictures that are very beautiful: "the
smiling sea", the "bee", the "dreamy
fields". the "flowers", the "barques",
"that far row of trees", and the "dreaming
lovers". Outstanding is the following
"The barques drift slow,
And, dreaming, melt away
Where golden glow
Consoles the death of day."
The peacefulness of these lines imprints.
through their very simplicity, a lingering
image. But the author's real point in the
poem is summed up in the final, brief
"Serenity is God!"
The device word used is extremely clever.
for in contrast to the author's beautiful.
descriptive passages, a simple little sentence
ends the poem.
I have always felt that poets seemed
to be subject to strong moods, and Gals-
worthy proves to be far from an excep-
tion. After reading a number of his poems
that portrayed a light, cheerful mood. I
came upon a four-lined poem which bore
all the earmarks of having been written in
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an exceedingly fearful mood. The poem
that I have in mind is "Nightmare". The
writer's fear of "dropping out of the race"
is very apparent. The nervous question
Qwas he the man who "fell in the heat"
as "out of the race he ran"?j seems to
make the poem's title most fitting, for
isn't it a nightmare to think of not being
able to do what is nearest one's heart? In
Galsworthy's case, of course, it is the fear
of not being able to write.
We glimpse Galsworthy from another
angle through a bit of his art in "Slum
Cry", that is, his zeal for reform. Though
there is no distinct rhyming scheme in the
poem, the effect produced is at once over-
powering. Strength or force is gained by
the direct plea ful of the desolate"J from
a child of the slums, who though-
"Breath choked, dry-eyed-
Death of me staring,"
must live her life for,
"--so was I born!"
"-so shall -I die!"
Again this noble author utters a plea
to bestow honor where it is due in "On
a Soldier's Funeral." A funeral that the
private soldier tat whose death no drums
are beat and no bells are rungl is not
given. is described. The author contrasts
this brilliant description by the simple but
"I-Ie lived his time
And little day of silent tasks
And silent duty-no one asks
To know his name."
It is very evident that the poem, "Let",
was prompted by the thoughts at seeing
a sign, "To Let", outside a little brick
house. The description is effective and
pleasing, and the rhyming plan, which is
merely the rhyming of alternate lines, is
unadorned to fit the peaceful simplicity of
In "A Mood," which is in reality a
description of love, devotion is character-
ized as a light, airy, untouchable some-
thing. The last stanza shows my point: