To Cole, The Painter, Departing For Europe By W. C. Bryant

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A Phrase 's Meaning and A Phrases Phrasing In the poem, "To Cole, The Painter, Departing for Europe" by W.C. Bryant, the narrator uses the meaning of words, phonetic phrasing, and poetic devices, to illustrate the major scenic differences between Europe and America. When the narrator describes America in stanza number two, the narrator uses personification, alliteration, and punctuation, to make the stanza, when read out loud, sound just as wild and undeveloped as the landscape it describes. When the narrator describes Europe in stanza number three, the use of commas and the sounds of the words make the stanza sound as developed and obedient as the narrator 's description of Europe. In the second stanza, the narrator depicts "A living…show more content…
In his description of Europe, the narrator talks almost entirely about manmade things and doesn 't mention nature at all. The narrator states that "[there] is the trace of men, Paths, homes, graves, ruins, from the lowest glen to where life shrinks from the fierce Alpine air—"(lines10-12), to inform Cole that man has imposed upon the entirety of the land, and by doing so, expunged it of all its natural qualities. This is the complete opposite of the undeveloped, spontaneous, and natural American landscape he described in stanza number two. The third stanza reads smoothly. This is partially due to the albescence of alliteration. It is also partially because it is easy to transition from syllable to syllable. The third line of the stanza lists man mad things with a comma after each. This produces a very uniform rhythm when read, which reflects uniformity and development of the Europe the narrator described to. This again contrasts with the undeveloped, spontaneous, and natural American landscape he described in Stanza. In the poem, "To Cole, The Painter, Departing for Europe" by W.C. Bryant, The narrator contrasts America and Europe. The narrator also uses poetic elements, as well as punctuation to emphasize points, and to alter the phrasing of the lines in the poem. Because of this, the way the stanzas sound when read out loud reflects what the words in them mean. This poem really shows

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