Sara Teasdale's Spring In War-Time

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Sara Teasdale’s poem Spring in War-Time dramatizes the conflict between ever occurring natural forces and the new or accentuated unnatural forces brought on by World War I. Teasdale uses literary devices such as repetition, word choice, capitalization, and structure to convey this conflict. In Spring in War-Time, the natural occurrences that make up the world struggle to remain relevant. The first stanza presents the hope of spring in the distance, but in a war stricken world, it seems to be much further off than it actually is. The narrator is hopeful, saying, “I feel the spring far off, far off,” (1). The repetition of “far off” places extra emphasis on the fact that although spring is coming, it won’t be any time soon, specifically not until the force of warfare relents. The narrator adds imagery of the “faint, far scent of bud and leaf-“ (2). By adding imagery, Teasdale presents the idea that the soldiers had to cling to the oft-overlooked aspects left from before the war, such as scents and change in season, in order to remain sane. In the second stanza, the narrator says, “The sun turns north, the days grow long, / Later the evening star grows bright-“ (6-7). Referring to the winter solstice, it is shown that natural events do still occur, though the things that remain are small and go largely unnoticed. In the third stanza, the seasons continue to change, shown by the grass “waking in the ground, / Soon it will rise and blow in waves-“ (11-12). This personification
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