Dillard, The next idea following the ones alluded to by Tennyson, Blake and Dillard—that all things are in some sense not only equivalent to each other but are each one a manifestation of one ultimate reality, indeed are all each and every one that ultimate reality, is often expressed in Oriental thought, here by Rippo: He has in fact several selves within himself, somewhat like a Russian nested doll: MacCaig structures the poem and uses language features within it in such a way as to emphasize the fact that a philosophical breakthrough can be derived from what many people would think of as unremarkable things and events.
The first image, therefore, is a strong indication that the key to working out the meaning and method of this poem is to keep looking further and further into the elements of each image until all the hidden meanings are noticed and until we see the cosmic connection between even the smallest things such as straws and Zs and the largest or most powerful things such as lightning and enlightenment.
And maybe that explains the positivity of the nature imagery: In Chapter 4, the impossibility of Frome ever breaking free from this claustrophobic sense of duty and obligation is crystallised when he passes by a tombstone in the nearby graveyard. This book is utterly without hope — darkness throughout, starkness from start to finish — depressing Summer farm norman maccaig stuff.
Find an oxymoron, a simile and a metaphor.
Read the poem Straws like tame lightnings lie about the grass And hang zigzag on hedges. If you analyze a molecule of chlorophyll itself, what you get is one hundred thirty-six [sic] atoms of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen arranged in an exact and complex relationship around a central ring.
Green as glass The water in the horse-trough shines. The first image, therefore, is a strong indication that the key to working out the meaning and method of this poem is to keep looking further and further into the elements of each image until all the hidden meanings are noticed and until we see the cosmic connection between even the smallest things such as straws and Zs and the largest or most powerful things such as lightning and enlightenment.
Flower in a crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies. They are also similar in that they are each the end product of natural processes: He is another Frome called Ethan; he is another man living on this barren farm; he is another man locked into an unfulfilling marriage; he is another man destined to never break free.
All that is real is now, this moment — in which I see crazy weird things like one eyed chickens or agile swallows. It represents his mixed, disorganised and random thoughts. Is he afraid because he does not know where the thought might take him?
Lightening is unpredictable and usually perceived as dangerous, however in this case it has been tamed. There is a lot of light in this first stanza, the glow of childhood.
William Blake does not stoop to pining for such an experience. He is a farm, an entity tilled, planted, full of life, and ripe for various kinds of harvest.
This opposition gives a strength to the image and depicts the straws as some kind of a miracle: Then, with a sudden dart of irony, he wondered if, when their turn came, the same epitaph would be written over him and Zeena.
In other words, he knows he will end up soaring like the swallow? I lie, not thinking, in the cool, soft grass, Afraid of where a thought might take me—as This grasshopper with plated face Unfolds his legs and finds himself in space. The farm is no longer a rational place it spills into imagination.
He sees that his self is not one entity; it is several entities, according to how experience and time have affected his self from one experience to another and from one time to another. The logic is inevitable. Which other poems we have read can be compared to Summer Farm?
The farm is no longer a rational place it spills into imagination. Green as glass The water in the horse-trough shines. In other words, he knows he will end up soaring like the swallow? He can lift it powerbut he is only one person between so many insignificance.
Or is he afraid because he knows intuits all too well where the thought might lead? The images he uses are brilliant and really original — I really like the representation of the straw as tame lightning; I really, really like the use of the springing grasshopper, suddenly aware than in leaping he is defying gravity and is suspended in space quite a freaky realisation, mid-jump ; but I love the representation of the diving swallow.
I lie, not thinking, in the cool, soft grass, Afraid of where a thought might take me — as This grasshopper with plated face Unfolds his legs and finds himself in space.
All that is real is now, this moment — in which I see crazy weird things like one eyed chickens or agile swallows. He is one with the farm and one with each of its manifestations—by being its absolute center.
This image metaphorically shows that the thought has come and taken him. Another two paradoxes follow immediately in the very next sentence.Summer Farm as made famous by Norman MacCaig. Interpretation by Ben Ingram and Thomas White Summer Farm (Stanzas 1 & 2) Straws like tame lightnings.
National 5 English Norman MacCaig learning resources for adults, children, parents and teachers. Straws like tame lightnings lie about the grass / And hang zigzag on hedges.
Green as glass / The water in the horse-trough shines. / Nine ducks go wobbling by in two straight. MacCaig, in parallel with much of this thinking, adopts the brilliant technique of revealing the truth of realities found within realities by using in “Summer Farm” the most obvious figure of speech to imply such layers of self-revelating “hidden” meaning, the paradox.
May 21, · "Summer Farm" Norman MacCaig This is a line by line analysis of the poem.
Firstly is a brief overview of the poem and its author. MacCraig's mother's rural background influenced the poem. The poet is observing his surroundings in a contemplative and nostalgic manner.
He is thinking about identity and self-definition the poem is about. Summer Farm - Norman MacCaig Summer Farm. Norman MacCaig. Summary: The poet lies within the depths of his mind, probably in his happy place as his mother’s family lived in the rural area, which is reflected in this story. Everything described in the story is part of his mind, with perhaps every animal representing a different aspect of his mind.Download