Thesis: William Carlos Williams communicates a sailor’s anger as he is on a boat in a storm.
Structure: The poem only has 2 stanzas, the first one is short while the second one is long. The poem mentions jagged ribs and he also uses this in the structure of the poem by using dashes and indentations. In some sentences, punctuation is put half way through lines. This is done because Williams wanted the reader to pause so that they can interpret the meaning more.
Sound: The man in the poem seems to be enticing the storm, trying to make it worse. This is proven in the second stanza, “He invites the storm, he lives by it!” The poem features both alliteration and assonance. Some examples are: “with fears that are not fears” and “at the sea than the sea”. The poem features repetition as well. An examples is: “It is I! I who am the rocks!”
Style: Overall Tone: Depressing and Delusional. There also seems to be a non-caring personality as well. “a secret liquor, a fire that inflames his blood to coldness” proves this because the coldness shows his willingness to not care even though he is becoming angry. There is dialogue included in the poem through the use of a previous quote: “It is I! I who am the rocks!”
Language: There was use of imagery which showed fear and anger. “instinct with fears that are not fears but prickles of ecstasy,” This could mean that he loves the feeling of fear because ecstasy means that you love the feeling of something.
Interpretation: Our interpretation was that reality itself was setting in on the man in the ship. Maybe something happened to the man which made him feel regret to an instance in his life.
Activity: Think of any emotion and try to compare it to a real life object or action. Explain why you chose this. BE PREPARED TO SHARE!!! :D