The speaker explores the importance of both innocence and wisdom and leaves it for the reader to decide whether or not the sacrifice of innocence equals the acquisition of wisdom. The use of dual speakers helps illustrate the theme of the importance of both blissful innocence in youth and the obtaining Of knowledge Of the inconvenient truths in adulthood. The speaker touches on four main points to support this theme: the heaviness of sorrow, the shortness of life, the fragility of youth and innocence, and the extensive depth of the truth. When the child speaker asks “What are heavy? He adult speaker responds “sea-sand and sorrow. The speaker uses alliteration in order to focus the reader’s attention on this particular part of the text. The adult puts what he or she understands as heavy as an adult, sorrow, next to something the child already understands as heavy, sea-sand Children do not recognize sorrow as heavy. Most adolescents have not experienced the emotionally dragging feeling associated with mourning, regret, and despondency. The more experienced adult has experienced this feeling. The adult values truth and wants to share the truthful answer to the question “What are heavy? With the child while still maintaining the innocence of the youth. The child follows his or her first question with another complicated inquisition, “What are brief. ” The author, Christina Rosettes often explored the idea of the shortness of life in her poems, as she does here. The adult speaker uses alliteration again when he or she answers the child’s innocent inquisition with “today and tomorrow. ” The elderly understand the shortness of life more than the youth do because the elderly realize that their youthfulness has passed them by.
The adult tries to encourage the child to value each day because the days in a life are neither long nor guaranteed. The adult speaker implies that a child’s innocence today represents a brief part of one’s life and that all should cherish it while it remains available for cherishing. The child asks “What are frail? ” The adult responds with “spring blossoms and youth. ” This line expands on the values expressed in the previous line. Like the short lived spring blossoms, a youthful spirit wilts with time.
The adult again reinforces the idea of valuing his or her short time as an adolescent because life does not get easier with age. The wise adult recognizes the delicacy Of an adolescent’s innocence and how easily society can spoil its splendor. It almost seems as though society sets out to taint the pure minds of the youth. Young people should revel in their youth before the burdens of adulthood consume them. Adults should remember their own blissful youth before spoiling that of a child. The last line in this poem encompasses the over-all meaning of its preceding lines. Malt are deep? The ocean and the truth. ” The comparison between the ocean and the truth draws perfect parallels. The ocean, unlike other bodies of water: rivers, streams, lakes, etc, has extremely deep points that no human can reach. The mystery of the ocean links itself to the mystery of the truth. People make educated guesses about what lies at the bottom of the deepest abysses of the ocean, but no one has actually made it down to the bottom of the ocean to confirm their predictions. Many truths in our lives resemble the ocean.
Humanity does their best to explain why aspects of life exist in the way that they do, but no one can truly confirm these calculations. The truth extends deeper than human capacity, but one should still attempt to understand the truths of life to the best of their abilities in order to gain wisdom of their surroundings, even if that means losing innocence along the way. The heaviness of sorrow, briefness of life, delicacy of innocence, and complexity of the truth support the theme in Nathan Are Heavy’ by Christina Rosettes by illustrating the significance of both youthful innocence and the mature acceptance of painful truths.
Growing up and accepting the burdens of life will always remain as a part of an adult’s obligations to society, but these duties must remain with the adults. Adults need not expose the troubles and responsibilities associated with adulthood to the children. Children should revel in their youth while it still exists. Emily Majors Mrs.. Woolen AP English IV-2 December 2014 A) Based off of the title, the poem will most likely address either physically or emotionally heavy things. Things, plural because the speaker says “What are heavy? ” versus “What is heavy? B) The poem explores things that are heavy, brief, frail, and deep from the literal perspective of a child and the more emotional or experienced perspective of an adult. C) The connotation of the words are generally positive because the poem contains truth about life and the exploitation of the truth, even the inconvenient truth, always leads to knowledge, which is positive. The speaker also strategically places the more hill-like/innocent answer to the question first and the more adult-like/wise answer last in order to show the progression of perception spanning across human life.
D) Rhyming is most definitely present in this poem. The last words of each line rhyme. The speaker uses alliteration in the first and second line when she says “sea-sand and sorrow” and “today and tomorrow. ” The repetition Of the simple questions is notable because it resembles the unending questions with complex answers that an innocent child might ask an adult. The answers resemble an adult’s attempt at simplifying something hat is very complicated. In the answers, something that would be commonly known by a child to be heavy, deep, or frail is used in contrast to something felt emotionally upon maturation.
E) The speaker appears to be both adult and child. The child asks the questions and the adult answers them. F) The subject of the poem is a few truths in life that you learn as you grow older and experience them. G) The adult speaker’s tone is wise and experienced. The reader can tell that the adult speaker answers the questions to the best of his or her ability and tries to help the child understand by comparing the tauter answer to an immature one. The child’s tone is curious. H)The speaker shifts in every line, like a conversation.