Introduction The Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) is an endangered species that lives in the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. This species is declinging in numbers drastically and has been listed on the ESA since 1990. The spotted owl is native to the Pacific Northwest. They are found in Southern parts of Columbia, North Western America, and California. As a result of declining habitat, there are fewer than 100 pairs of Northern spotted owls in British Columbia, Canada, 1,200 pairs in Oregon, 560 pairs in northern California and 500 pairs in the state of Washington.
In the poems “A Barred Owl” by Richard Wilbur and “The History Teacher” by Billy Collins, both poets portray how different explanations to children pan out. Both poems describe the speaker being dishonest to one or multiple students, however, one is more of a little white lie while the other is a lie on a much bigger scale. The first poem utilizes personification and humor to coax a child back to sleep by easing her fears. The second poem applies homonyms and hyperbole to maintain the innocence of a room full of students. Through the use of these different literary techniques, the poets are able to express how the adults provide an explanation for children.
The two poems, “The Barred Owl” and “The History Teacher”, display different ways of soothing child fears and attempting to protect the children's innocence with their tone, rhyme scheme, and humor. Wilbur specifically uses personification with a different point of view than Collins. Collins comes from a more ironic tone in his poem and portrays the history teacher as a protector of the children’s innocence, when in reality, they have already lost it.
The two poems “A Barred Owl” and “the history teacher” both work to show the innocence of a child, and how the characters in the poem work to try to preserve it. In the first poem by Richard Wilbur, the child is frightened by the owl’s voice. However, the child is told, “All she heard was an odd question from a forest bird….” This shows the person trying to protect the child’s innocence.
Do you ever remember being scared of monsters under the bed? If so, then you will relate to the young child in “A Barred Owl.” An owl hooting in the night scares a girl, but thankfully her parents are there to comfort her. In “A Barred Owl,” author Richard Wilbur uses imagery, tone, and personification to show how powerful words can subdue any emotion.
Throughout the play, the weather plays an important role. Especially, the weather is used to show something bad will happen when the three witches enter the scene. The atmosphere of thunder which is used to set the mood, lighting, fog and filthy air, terrible storms imply that it will not be good things. These bad conditions of nature are the reflection of otherworldliness (e.g. Graymalkin, a rat Paddock, serpent, owl and other special things). One of the worldliness things is owl which represents darkness.
Throughout the history of mankind many things have changed from environments to governments. However as these two writers, John James and Annie Dillard, have stated birds have always done the same thing as they migrate to wherever is comfortable. As these writers exclaimed their descriptions and effects there are many things that can be compared and contrasted within them. Descriptions from John and Annie were different from sound of the birds and the appearance of them but were the same when describing the flight of the birds, the effects were contrasted by John and Annie’s feelings but were very similar with the effect the birds motion had on them. When seeing a flock of birds there are many details people can describe.
In both poems, the adults avoid disclosing the actual truth to the children in order to protect their innocence. Both poems use devices that emphasize simplicity in order to make the message suitable for a child. “A Barred Owl” utilizes a ten syllable masculine rhyme, making the poem sound like a nursery rhyme while also emphasizing simple words like “boom” and “room”. The simple devices and sounds in which Wilbur employs, allows for the somewhat frightening existence of an owl to become diluted to a reality suitable for a child’s understanding. “The History Teacher” utilizes understatements like the “tiny atom” referring to the atomic bomb and “a series of questions” referring to the Spanish inquisition. In reality, both historical events
This Warbler has a black throat, extending as stripes down the sides of the chest. This bird has a yellow face, with a black line extending through the eyes. The crown and the back of the bird are black. This Warbler has two white wingbars, and a white belly. The immature Golden Cheeked Warbler looks similar to that of the adult female.
Again Calls the Owl is a memoir written by Margaret Craven, about her life as a struggling author. Again calls the Owl takes place in the 1920’s, when Margaret Craven graduates from Stanford University. In the book, Margaret Craven also tells about different jobs she had when first starting out. Margaret Craven wanting to become a writer despite being blind works hard and perseveres through difficult times and wrote of an important time in her life while teaching a lesson to all of her readers.
Frame 50), Toby 's epilepsy (cf. 9 ff.) and Daphne 's mental illness (105). My analysis of Owls Do Cry shall start with how the novel describes Daphne and her life in the asylum before I move on to Toby 's struggle with physical illness. The narration is partly focalised through Daphne Whithers, who has been institutionalised in a mental asylum.