The procession of the Seasons

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According to the analysis you made in class with your teacher, what is missing?

Write a personal conclusion on the poem

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3 Responses to The procession of the Seasons

  1. Cami Carnemolla says:

    This poem follows the cycle of the seasons presenting each as a reflection on human life, from childhood to old ages. Spring is the warrior age of energy and romance, giving way to the mature beauty of Summer that still bursts with energy, but is now more controlled and skilful like a hunter. Autumn is the farmer, mature and contented with life and the happy memories generated, but no longer filled with the vigour of youth. Finally, Winter is presented as a feeble old man crumbling towards the grave in a miserable state.
    Themes . The most obvious one is nature, but we’ve also got a reflection on love or attitudes to love and life and quite a poignant reflection on mortality at the end.
    TONE: contemplative.

  2. Candela Zufriategui says:

    The structure of the poem: this poem has 4 regular stanzas of 9 lines each.

    The rhyme scheme: is regular ababbcbcc, except in the first stanza where it is ababbabaa.

    The regular rhyme and structure represent that each stage of life is important, also It can mean that it’s monotonous as we all have the same end, death. It is a regular path that eventually leads to the same end for all.

    Death is depicted in the third stanza, in autumn. The farmer reaps the crops with a “sickle”. This is traditionally connected to death. Autumn represents a middle aged man, which is closer to death than a young man.

    Imagery: In the first stanzas, spring and summer, the visual imagery is connected to flowers and colours. “That freshly budded and new blooms did bear” and “In a thin silken cassock coloured green”. This represents young age and beauty, these are characteristics of the first stages of life. Then the visual imagery in autumn is connected to a single colour, “all in yellow clad”. This highlights how beauty is vanishing as time passes by. The tactile imagery in the last season, winter, is connected to cold and the old age of the person. The quote ‘faint with cold and weak’ highlights that the person is approaching death and beauty has vanished.

    Tone: Reflective, as the poet is reflecting upon human life. In the first three stanzas it is joyful. However, it shifts to negative and miserable in the last stanza, this highlights the approaching of death.

    Personal conclusion: The writer uses nature to portray the different stages of human life. The seasons are used as an extended metaphor to represent these stages. All in all, the poem has a negative view towards death, which is inevitable and seems a miserable end to our life. It highlights how men change through life and their different activities. The first three seasons, spring, summer and autumn, are related to enjoying life, but winter is conveyed in a negative way as death is approaching.

  3. Tadeo Helou says:

    The themes are missing. These ones are: Stages in life, life cycle and nature.
    I liked the poem because of the structure it employs. I liked the idea of representing the seasons with parts of our life. I found this really graphic and poetic. The poem is full of imageries, symbolism, metaphors and personification that have lots of effects on the reader. Imageries, for example, help the reader understand and imagine each season compared to each stage of our life. I also liked the poem because of its connection with nature.

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