Tuesday, 28 June 2011

“Nature”: Justify the Title of the Poem by H.W. Longfellow

The title of a literary creation is decided keeping in view the central idea or dominant theme or the protagonist. In the poem ‘Nature’ by H.W. Longfellow, the role of nature in human life on earth is both the dominant theme and the central idea. The poem is a simile showing a comparison between nature and a caring mother. Nature nurtures human beings from cradle to grave and lulls them to the lap of eternal rest through death and takes them away from their material possessions. In the poem, nature and mother have got merged into one single entity characterized by love, care and affection for her children. As nature is the highlight of the poem from beginning to end, the title ‘Nature’ is highly relevant and apt.      

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