The year goes, the woods decay, and after,
many a summer dies. The swan
on Bingham's pond, a ghost, comes and goes.
It goes, and ice appears, it holds,
bears gulls that stand around surprised,
blinking in the heavy light, bears boys
when skates take over swan-tracks gone.
after many summer dyes, the swan-white ice
Glints only crystal beyond white. Even
dearest blue's not there, though poets would find it.
I find one stark scene
cut by evening cries, by warring air.
The muffled hiss of blades escapes into breath,
hangs with it a moment, fades off.
Fades off, goes, the scene, the voices fade,
the line of trees, the woods that fall, decay
and break, the dark comes down, the shouts
run off into it and disappear.
At last the lamps go too, when fog
drives monstrous down the duel carriageway
out to the west, and even in my room
and on this paper I do not know
about that grey dead pane
of ice that sees nothing and that nothing sees.
"Even dearest blue's not there, though poets would find it"
1.1 Morgan seems to be denying
that he is a poet
1.1.1 This shows how much the bleak
scene seems to have depressed him
2 Summing Up
"At last, the lamps go too"
2.1 we know Morgan is beginning to
end the poem as he uses "at last"
2.2 He is saying that now, everything has gone, even the artificial
and man-made things like the lamps are stolen by winter
2.2.1 this finally drains the poem of all hope and positivety
"The pane of ice that sees nothing and that nothing sees."
NIHILISM: -to do with nothing/ nothingness
3.1 All the living things have been taken out of
the poem so there is nothing left to see the ice
3.1.1 as the poet has removed the swan, the boys, the woods, and now himself
4.1 "Dearest blue"
4.1.1 most valued and precious but only
mentioned to tell us it is gone
4.3.1 painful sound
4.4.1 Cries of the boys voices
4.4.2 usually happy children playing voices in summer
18.104.22.168 But they are painful cries to Morgan in winter
4.5.1 Conflict and violence in the winter air
4.6.1 the fog like winter is horrible, dangerous
and unstoppable like a monster
4.7 "The West"
4.7.1 the wild west
4.8.2 left the world of nature
/taken away nature
4.8.4 built for speed
4.8.5 cuts through
4.9.2 unable to engage with it
22.214.171.124 is see-through
5.1 "Goes/ Go"
"The year goes,"
5.1.1 this is included in the opening line
which brings the poem down strait away
5.1.2 emphasises how many things
leave and die as winter begins
and how we are at a loss
"the voices fade"
5.2.1 shows the process that the world and life is
going through in winter as throughout this
poem things keep on leaving
5.2.2 the boys-the only human life in the poem- are leaving
126.96.36.199 a reminder that summer has left and makes us feel depressed
"the woods decay"
5.3.1 again, everything that reminds us of summer (children's voices, trees) are leaving
188.8.131.52 this makes us feel depressed
5.4.1 emphasises just how empty and
lifeless the world has become
6 negative verbs
6.1 creates a sense of things rapidly getting worse than it was before
6.1.1 also keeps the tone of the poem down
7 Alliteration of...
7.1 'B' sounds
"It holds, bears gulls that stand around suprised blinking in the heavy light, bears boys when skates take over."
7.1.1 'B' is a heavy, dead,
184.108.40.206 The alliteration of this sound draws our
attention to the boys who are not 'alive' as
the skates seem to be controlling them
220.127.116.11.1 draws attention to notice how
disturbing the point is
7.2 'G' sounds
"The swan on Binghams pond, a ghost, comes and goes. It goes."
7.2.1 alliteration draws our attention to the swan
18.104.22.168 The swan seems to be not quite alive because
of the depressing, cold, dark season
8 Pathetic fallacy
-The whole poem
Pathetic fallacy: the weather representing mood
8.1 the weather is changing from bad to worse just like morgans mood
9 Sense of sound
"Cut by evening cries, by warring air"
9.1 A painful sound ties in with the
mood of the poem
9.2 winter sounds are painful and violent
10 First person
"I find one stark scene."
10.1 Halfway through the poem
is when the poet first refers
10.1.1 Shows that it is hard to find life in winter when
everything else fading, leaving or dying
10.1.2 little and late use= yet another way that morgan
keeps life out of the poem
11 Present tense
"The year goes."
11.1 the poem is unfolding infront of our
eyes but we have no control to change
or influence it as we are not involved
11.1.1 present tense also makes winter feel unending
11.1.2 we are powerless/hopless =depressing
12.1 "Many a summer dies."
12.1.1 The happiness of summer is gone and
he is left with a bleak winter
12.1.2 Also suggests that we're at a loss
as we've lost more that we ever had
22.214.171.124 (since we only had 1 summer to begin with)
12.2 "The swan on Binghams pond, a ghost, comes and goes."
12.2.1 This says the swan isnt doing anything other than
swimming up and down the pond so even though it is
alive it doesnt seem fully there - ghostlike
126.96.36.199 ties in with poems themes of death and a never-ending winter
12.3 "At last the lamps go too"
12.3.1 Light= metaphor for all that is good
"Blinking in the heavy light."
Oxymoron: -words whose ideas clash
13.1 The words here clash as light cant be wieghed down
13.1.1 However we understand that thia is a description
of his environment as gloomy and dark
"The swan white ice glints only crystal behond white."
14.1 Morgan creates a nice colour metaphor to
make the ice seem pretty but pulls back
from it to say it is "beyond white