Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Analysis of "Farm Scene" by Ernest G Moll

Original poem reprinted online here:  "Farm Scene" by Ernest G Moll
Originally read: August 21, 2013
More information about the Poet:  Ernest G Moll


Five quatrains with an abba rhyme scheme.  So the poem has the form of an arc with the two intro, a mid, and two end.  But the poem itself isn't a narrative, rather a meditation comparing the life of the speaker and the life of a bull.  The idea of the domestic in nature.

So the first stanza is exposition, "They come each morning to the gate / are miles and wander off to feed;"  Note the usage of the semi-colon here in which connects these lines with, "six cows, a calf and in the lead / a brindled bull, old, fat sedate."  Not that pleasant on the description of the bull, but he's mentioned on every stanza of the poem.

The second stanza is setting the cycle, "And every evening they are back / loaf along the quarter-mile"  Note here that the verbs are especially important to add on to the scene of lackadaisical. "of dusty lane in single file, / the old bull trailing up the track."  This instance of the bull shows him falling behind and/or watching out what can be behind him.

The third stanza is the turn in which the speaker introduces himself, and, in doing so, interprets the past two scenes," I would not load with thought that brings / meanings deep-conjured in the mind"  Lies, but okay sure the poem will show how you find this meaningful, "this quiet scene but here I find / the rhythm of eternal things"  Meaning 1) rhythm of eternal things.

"And envy him who takes his pail / jingling to met them at the gate;" Meaning 2) Envy for those who receive such this rhythm, "sun-up, sun-down, that constant date / which neither he more they will fail."  Still on meaning two, note that the lack of failure is introduced here as though this particular scene is continuing for the speaker.

"I envy him whose life allows / him the cool blessedness;" Meaning 3) Envying the scene as "cool blessedness"  yet again note the semi-colon where the connection is the farmer, the speaker, and the bull, "to stand / and simply watch the coming and / later the going of the cows."  To overlook file, order, rank, simplicity.  No meaning that's deep-conjured. Sure.

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