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The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens is a poem which creates a unique dramatic situation through an effective imagery and which compels the reader to employ another way of thinking in order to both understand the poem and realize its very theme The first thing that is noticeable about the poem is that it is actually just one long complex sentence There is no rhyme and there is no particular meter Each foot varies the poem becomes a combination of iambs the frost and not the sound that is trochees winter glitter anapests to regard to behold of the land dactyls junipers and others that are not of those kind that is blowing - unstressed unstressed stressed unstressed Also each line has either 3 or 4 feet and the variation per stanza is not even regular This very structure actualizes the opening line of the poem which calls for one to have the mind of winter The title suggests that this is actually the mind of the snow man By reading and reciting the poem one gets the sense of assuming another mind whose thoughts are the contained in the rest of the poem The poems structure allows this by imitating the normal way of thought which normally does not come in complete sentences nor in rhymes or regular rhythm Instead mind activity is usually a stream of consciousness a continuous and an uninterrupted flow of thought Thus the structure is appropriate for the poem and its theme - that of leaving behind ones own mind and assuming anothers - is revealed One question that may arise with this function of the structure is this if the poem really was meant to imitate the minds flow of thought then why did the poet not write the poem in just one long line instead of dividing it into five tercets of three lines each The answer to this is another function of the structure which is
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