Poem ‘To Daffodils’ by Robert Herrick with Complete Text

Analysis of the Poem

In the poem, ‘To Daffodil’, poet Robert Herrick compares the human life with the life of daffodils.

It is very sad to see that daffodils are so beautiful but their lives are coming to an end soon. Their life span is very long for a few hours – starting from sunrise in the morning and ending even before the sun is up. The poet urges them to stay and live at least until the evening when the evening prayers and the bells of the Church begin. The poet wishes he could sing his evening prayer and daffodils and both would end their lives.

In the poem ‘To Daffodils’ the speaker makes a comparison between the life of Daffodil and the short life span of human beings. The speaker begins by saying that it is sad to see beautiful daffodils being squandered so quickly. The time for their darkness is so short that it seems as though the rising sun is not yet daytime. Thus, at first the poet struck a chord with the sudden death of the daffodils. The poet then speaks to the daffodils asking them to stay for the rest of the day in the evening prayer. After praying together he says he will be accompanied by daffodils again. This is so because, like flowers, men have a much longer life span and even young people do not have a short life span.

Sound features:

The two-part poem is compiled into ten stanzas. The poem consists of concentrated, unstressed collections and unfamiliar lines, which form the rhythm of the poem or in other words, the meters of the poem. There are ending rhymes in the poem and the poet cut the fifth line of both stanzas into two lines because he wanted to achieve a certain type of rhythm and rhythm. Therefore, at the end of one line, there is no punctuation mark.

Lexical Features:

The words used by the speaker to convey the idea of ​​the poem are accurate, clear, concise and numerous. To describe the shortness of the Daffodils life the speaker uses terms such as ‘hurry up’, ‘grow to meet rot’, ‘die’, ‘dry Away’ etc.

The word “hurry” is a verb that is powerful enough to express the passage of time quickly. Here the poet also represents Daffodils and his use of the words ‘rot’, ‘die’, and ‘thirst’ evokes a note of despair / sadness in his poem arising from the knowledge that the beauty of the Daffodils and all the beauties will not last forever.

Syntactic Features:

The language of the poem is clear and easy to understand which makes the poem very close to readers. In its simplest language, the poet has painted a vivid cycle of daffodils. There are no strange and complex sentences in this poem. Most sentences obey the rules of grammar. As the poet expresses what daffodils do, this poem becomes a dialogue between the poet and the daffodils. There is also a compelling sentence in a poem such as ‘Sit, sit,’ which makes the expression powerful and convincing.

Semantic Features:

Semantics deals with the descriptive language process. It is a scientific study of the meaning of words. Personification is a common writing instrument used in any poem. Here the poet also personified daffodils and bestowed several personal qualities on daffodils. Apart from daffodils, ‘day’ and ‘hours’ are also personalized. Most poetic words are monosyllabic and are used in the sense of expression. The poet also uses other metaphors such as ‘simile’ and ‘metaphor’, especially in the concluding lines.

We die
As your hours do, and dry
Like to the summer’s rain;
Or as the pearls of morning’s dew,
Ne’er to be found again.

The poem ‘To Daffodils’ is a beautiful poem when viewed from an analysis of the elements of poetry, faculty, is syntactic and semantic. Thus, the content of the poem combined with a beautiful style conveys the poet’s view that life is short and the good times of our lives pass quickly.

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