Analysis of “Barter” Sara Teasdale poem (Gracyk) "Life has loveliness to sell" The Great Gatsby



analysis of barter by Sara Teasdale the title fits all three stanzas the word barter means an exchange of one thing a value for another thing of value such as giving money for a meal or trading a bike for a toaster the poem says we should purchase and cherish magical moments when they present themselves they aren't free the refrain is life has loveliness to sell and we must look closely at any refrain the words sell is important the refrain is not life has loveliness to give away charging nothing we pay in one way or another for magical moments like being in nature bonding with children and hugging loved ones it's a sound investment the poet thinks a single hour of joy one white singing hour of peace can make up for years of tedious discord many a year of strife I suspect the poet exaggerated I would be foolish to sell my house and use that money to buy one hour of pleasure if we pay too much for a brief experience of joy we dim our prospects for security and long-term contentment the refrain has alliteration with life and loveliness the L sound reappears with cell the poem is an example of lyric poetry since it has rhyme and regular rhythm or meter it is not free verse is relatively short and expresses personal thoughts or feelings whereat poems differ from epic poems which are lengthy narratives covering lofty subjects such as adventures of heroes or Wars the poem invites us to see hear and smell through visual auditory and olfactory imagery we see blue waves and children's faces here a scene hour of peace and smell the scent of pine the poem has a rhyme scheme that is interesting and you should identify the wine scheme in the margins of the poem you

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