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1 The Cross of Snow By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2 Where does the poem shift and why? What Christian images are present in the poem? How do these images relate to the speaker? How do these images relate to the subject? What is the tone of the poem? How do you know? Identify the devices (diction, images, figurative language, etc) that help create the tone.

3 In the long, sleepless watches of the night, A gentle face--the face of one long dead-- Looks at me from the wall, where round its head The night-lamp casts a halo of pale light. Here in this room she died, and soul more white Never through martyrdom of fire was led To its repose; nor can in books be read The legend of a life more benedight. There is a mountain in the distant West That, sun-defying, in its deep ravines Displays a cross of snow upon its side. Such is the cross I wear upon my breast These eighteen years, through all the changing scenes And seasons, changeless since the day she died.

4 The Cross of Snow What is the significance of the title? The cross is a shape, but it also holds symbolic meaning for Christians because Jesus died on a cross. In society, we often refer to burdens or sorrows as crosses to bear. Snow is white and often symbolizes purity.

5 In the long, sleepless watches of the night, A gentle face--the face of one long dead-- Looks at me from the wall, where round its head The night-lamp casts a halo of pale light. Here in this room she died, and soul more white Never through martyrdom of fire was led To its repose; nor can in books be read The legend of a life more benedight. There is a mountain in the distant West That, sun-defying, in its deep ravines Displays a cross of snow upon its side. Such is the cross I wear upon my breast These eighteen years, through all the changing scenes And seasons, changeless since the day she died.

6 The speaker, sitting up sleepless at night, looks at the picture of his dead wife on the wall, where it is surrounded by a halo of lamplight. His wife died in this room, and the speaker suggests she was saint-like, religious, pure. There is a mountain that has snow in the shape of a cross which is like the cross the speaker wears on his chest since the day his wife died.

7 Imagery Simile Metaphor Personification Symbolism

8 IMPLIED METAPHOR A halo…martyrdom – wife is a saint IMPLIED METAPHOR Such is the cross I wear upon my breast – cross is his grief of losing his wife

9 Looks at me from the wall (the picture)

10 In the long, sleepless watches of the night Creates the image of a night watchman.

11 A gentle face – Looks at me from the wall, where round its head The night lamp casts a halo of pale light. Christian image of a saint

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13 There is a mountain in the distant West That, sun-defying, in its deep ravines Displays a cross of snow upon its side. Image of a mountain that bears a cross shape filled with snow Such is the cross I wear upon my breast Creates the image of a deep wound in the speakers chest

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15 White – purity Snow - purity Cross - grief and sorrow His wife was pure and good, even saint-like, and even after 18 years, he is still grieving or carrying the burden of the loss

16 Mood Tone Theme

17 The overall feeling of the poem is solemnly reflective or serious, even sad

18 Sadness Longfellows attitude toward loss

19 One may never get over the tragic loss of a loved one – no matter how much time has passed.

20 Rhyme Rhyme scheme or Free verse Rhythm Meter Assonance Alliteration Onomatopoeia

21 In the long, sleepless watches of the night, A gentle face – the face of one long dead – Looks at me from the wall, where round its head The night lamp casts a halo of pale light. Here in this room she died; and soul more white Never through martyrdom of fire was led To its repose; nor can in books be read The legend of a life more benedight. ABBAABBAABBAABBA

22 There is a mountain in the distant West That, sun-defying, in its deep ravines Displays a cross of snow upon its side. Such is the cross I wear upon my breast These eighteen years, through all the changing scenes And seasons, changeless since the day she died. Exact end rhyme CDECDECDECDE

23 Iambic pentameter – a line of poetry that contains 5 iambs Iamb – an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable In the long, sleepless watches of the night

24 That, sun-defying, in its deep ravines Displays a cross of snow upon its side. Note: There are others; this is one example. You must be thorough.

25 The night lamp casts a halo of pale light Note: There are others; this is one example. You must be thorough.


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