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Questions on October Dawn 1By saying October is marigold the poet is meaning that as October arrives so does the autumn and the leaves of a marigold plant are yellow or orange like the dead leaves on the trees The name of the marigold plant is made up of the name Mary and gold This could be referring to the fact that Christmas is drawing near too and Mary was of course Jesus mother and gold symbolises something good or rich So this description could be referring to the fact that we should be thinking about how great Mary was as Christmas comes close I think that this is a very good description because it makes an instant impact it sends lots of different images through your head which immediately gets you thinking which is what a poem needs to get you doing because if it starts very low-key and it doesnt grab the readers imagination then he might stop reading it It is also open to many different interpretations which again grabs the readers imagination and gets you interested 2The subject of dreamed in line 4 is the half-full glass of wine 3The glass of wine is left out in the darkness all night and by dawn it has dreamed a premonition The glass would be able to sit out possibly on a window sill looking out into the world and just thinking about it It would be very relaxing and because of the alcohol in the wine the glass might be feeling a little drowsy So the scene is all very relaxed and peaceful But because it has been exposed to the elements for so long the top layer of the wine would have turned to sour vinegar which could symbolise a foreseeing into a bad winter ahead Another slant is that the glass would have seen into the future and seen the ice and snow of winter that is
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