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Sara Teasdale carefully selected specific words in her poem The Fight in order to get the emotional response she wanted to receive from the reader In choosing such words she relied heavily on associations that people subconsciously associate with the individual word as well as the multiple meanings which some words carry with them It is this careful selection of words that gives the poem deeper meaning and makes it truly enjoyable In the first stanza she compares two lovers lives to that of two eagles flying together This metaphor provides the reader with a vision of these powerful birds flying gracefully through the air In lines 3 and 4 they are described as flying Under the heavens and Over the mountains These are two places that are very beautiful and tranquil It seems to give the reader a vision of blue skies and a sense of childhood playfulness In lines 5 through 9 Teasdale talks about four different parts of nature Each element she discusses seems to affect the two eagles in a physical sense However these descriptions have multiple meanings and could also be describing different emotions that one experiences throughout their life For example line 5 says Stretched on the wind which initially makes the reader think of an eagles wings outstretched as it glides through the wind Upon further investigation stretched could really be describing the strains being put on their relationship trying to blow them away from each other Then comes the Sunlight that heartens in line 6 Heartens is defined as to give heart to according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Which would seem to describe the loving support given by a companion in order to make it though the winds of life Teasdales careful selection of words has given the poem a deeper meaning and made it more enjoyable In the second stanza Teasdale used the eagles as a simile rather than a metaphor like in the
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