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ESSAY ON A POEM Robert Graves Lovers in winter The poem identifies nature images with feelings in both stanzas In the first one it compares a tree to a person the poetic I and wind to the Yous cruelty In the second one there is a link between backward and the green branches an image of happy past and forward and ill weather an image of unpleasant present Furthermore the poem has rhyme in each of its verses and this contributes to the rhythm the poem already has thanks to the isochrony of the English language In the first stanza there is a cause-effect relation between the wind and the posture of the tree and at the same time between the Yous cruelty and the feelings of the poetic I In the second stanza an opposition between forward and backward is found As previously mentioned these two concepts are linked with nature but there is also an identification of backward and doubt This short poem containing only two stanzas of four verses each has a very strong effect on the readers because there is high intensity of feelings As previously mentioned the language and the images are very elaborated but the message Graves delivers to us is even more overwhelming In the first stanza the poetic I says that he is very upset due to hisher lovers cruelty To make this feeling more vivid to us Graves uses the image of the posture of the tree mentioned before The second stanza as a whole says that we have to face what comes and that we should not look backward at the happy times and do nothing The best thing to do in the present so as to avoid bad periods and dull life is to use the goodness of the past against this In the poems words the green branches from the past spring and summer left in winter can help the tree to
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