Ruth Belknap Poem Analysis

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In this poem, Ruth Belknap contrasted the perceived, romanticized pleasures of country life against its difficulties. I selected this document because I thought that it was interesting how she detailed the challenges of country life; she needed to constantly work and if she didn’t, she wouldn’t be able to provide for herself or for her family because they produced their own food and clothes. I found the verse “If with romantic steps I stray/Around the fields and meadows gay,/The grass, besprinkled with the dews,/Will wet my feet and rot my shoes” (28) to be especially interesting because even if there were pleasures of life in the country, she could not enjoy them because she was too preoccupied with her work and accomplishing what she needed

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