Samuel Clemens Poem Analysis

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Poetry is one of the most beautiful forms of literature in the world. The words of a true poet can rip apart ones soul, but can also make one laugh until they are rolling on the ground. Sometimes, when one reads the right poem, it can often give one a feeling of power. Poetry has been around for thousands of years and poems have reflected hundreds of different eras the world has experienced. Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain, is considered to be one of the most influential people in American Literature.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. He was the sixth child of John and Jane Clemens. When he was four years old, he moved to the town of Hannibal and lived there until he was seventeen. His father died unexpectedly in 1847. Clemens stayed in school until he was twelve, when his family needed a source of income since his father had died. He received a job as an apprentice printer for a local newspaper. After that, he spent many years in different jobs. In 1861, he moved out
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This poem is written in quatrains starting with a rhyme scheme of abab and cdad. Clemens uses personification a couple of times to describe some of the feelings being expressed in the time. The poem is about a boy named Stephen Dowling Bots. In the beginning of the poem it questions if this young boy died from a sickness. In the second quatrain, the question is answered saying he did not, and it continues to go on with all of these illnesses that are said did not kill him. In the end, it is established that the boy did die from falling down a well and drowning. “They got him out and emptied him; Alas it was too late; His spirit gone for to sport aloft In the realms of the good and great” (Clemens). The poem is written as a sort of obituary. This young boy died by drowning, but he was spared the misery of dying from diseases or ever having to suffer from
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