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Both Sides Now - by Joni Mitchell This is a poem about a girl who has once had good experiences with love but now sees men and love as things that just get in the way The last lines in the second and third stanzas explain this But clouds got in my way and I really dont know clouds at allShe is comparing clouds and men My initial reaction to this poem is that it is not particularly easy to understand but after you think about for a while you can figure out what it meansThis poem is of traditional form It is a lyric poem that is divided into ten stanzas Each stanza is four lines long Because this is lyric poetry it is a song there are two different types of stanzas verse and chorus Because of this there are two different rhyme schemes one for the verse and one for the stanzas In the vers stanzas the rhyme scheme is AAAB In the chorus the rhyme scheme is AABB There arent any poetic devices other than that the whole poem is one big metaphor There is some imagery in the first stanza where she is talking about the clouds Rows and flows of angel hair Ice cream castles in the air Mitchell tells of how she looked at clouds and thought they were beautiful but then she realized that they Block the sun and rain and snow on everyone She looked at love thought it was beautiful also But then she got into it and it wasnt at all what she thought it was She is comparing clouds and their outward appearance to love and its outward appearanceThe speaker has some strong ideas and feelings She now feels that love isnt always what its made out to be and that it is all just an illusion She tried to love someone and they just laughed at her But now its just another
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