ENG 125 Introduction to Literature
Instructor: Jessica Ruddick
November 12, 2012
After experiencing a piece of literature a reader usually forms a response to that literature because they either liked it or did not like it. To give a fair response to the literature the reader should understand the process that involves interpretation, evaluation, and analysis. In this paper I will analyze a literary work and evaluate its meaning by using an analytical approach to identify literary forms and techniques.
The literary work from this week's reading that I chose is, "The Blue Bowl" by Jane Kenyon. This is a short poem about the author's pet that has died. The tone of this poem is sad and depressed which is evident from the very beginning of the work. Obviously the poem is about burying a cat but Kenyon's word choice emphasizes the depressing tone of the poem. Bare handed, scrapped, and thud are all examples of the words the author uses to give the reader a since of dismay. Almost every line in the poem gives the reader a since of the tone, "there are sorrows keener then these," "we brushed each other off," "Silent the rest of the day," "it stormed all night." The reader has no doubt how the author feels about the death of his cat. Their pain and sorrow is felt throughout the poem and it is easy for the reader to even share in their pain.