Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Ã¢â¬Å"UphillÃ¢â¬ by Christina Rossetti is about the journey of life, or death, to heaven. The poem is an exchange of a series of brief and succinct questions and answers between two speakers: an inquiring traveler who asks many questions about the journey of life or death in which she is heading to (heaven), and an ex-traveler or guide who has taken that path before answering with a assured, and perfectly calm tone. In the poem, the poet uses difference devices such as quatrain, common meter , and perhaps it is written in strict iambic meter with lines vary in length and in the number of feet. The poet uses imagery, and symbolism (allegory)to express emotion and picture a traveler who has to take the road Ã¢â¬Å"uphillÃ¢â¬ , and who hopes to find an inn at the end of her travel. The poem sends a message that though find life hard but there are always comfort, help, and generosity along the way. This poem illustrates two ways in which line length is varied in a strict meter. The first variation is seen in the first line, which has nine syllables. This is still a five foot line because feet are constructed by iterative parenthesis insertion from right to left, the leftmost foot is the last constructed and can fall short. The second variation involves the number of feet in each line. As can be seen in Ã¢â¬Å"uphillÃ¢â¬ all odd-numbered lines are pentameters, whereas the even-numbered lines vary in length between three and five feet, there are 5 trimeter lines, 1 tetrameter and 3 pentameters. This difference in length reflects the fact that the poem has the forms of a dialogue where each odd-numbered (pentameter) line represents a question asked by one speaker, and the odd-numbered lines are answers given by her guide. The difference in length of line reflects the different styles of the two participants in the dialogue. In addition, the poem can be considered it is in common meter which is a close kin to the ballad stanza, with the stanza following a characteristic ballad pattern of 4+3+4+3 stressed syllables to the line. The first stanza of the poem is an example of common meter, four line rimed a b a b and tending to fall into 8, 6, 8, and 6 syllables. At the beginning of the poem, the speaker asks, Ã¢â¬Å"Does the road wind uphill all the way? (Line 1), the road is representing for the journey of life, and Ã¢â¬Å"wind uphillÃ¢â¬ stands for difficulties, or struggles through life. The inquiring traveler seems very worried or wondering about how hard the journey will be, and the guide softly affirms her worse hope, is that this journey will absolutely take Ã¢â¬Å" to the very the endÃ¢â¬ (Ln 2). The second question has the same sort of relation to life ,Ã¢â¬ Will the dayÃ¢â¬â¢s journey take the whole long day? /From morn to night, my friendÃ¢â¬ (Ln 3-4). Life is a road that takes Ã¢â¬Å"the whole long dayÃ¢â¬ to bring us Ã¢â¬Å"to the very end. Ã¢â¬ The night is death that awaits us at the end of the journey. Just as an uphill journey is long, and lasting from morning to evening, life also is full of difficulties right from birth to death. From these two questions which reveals that the inquiring traveler is asking about aspects of living and the journey of life. In the following stanza is presenting a sort of reassurance answer out of the wisdom of the ex-traveler. To begin with the speaker asks, Ã¢â¬Å"But is there for the night a resting-place? Ã¢â¬ (Ln 5) which is answered: Ã¢â¬Å"A roof for when the slow dark hours beginÃ¢â¬ (Ln 6). The night is metaphor for death, the speaker is wondering that when her final come (death) will be there a place for resting. The ex-traveler is reassuring the inquiring traveler that she will have time for rest along the way, which can be metaphorically taken, as it already stated as the path of life. In these lines, the speaker was searching for some sign of relief to come along the way. Then speaker continue asks, Ã¢â¬Å"May not the darkness hide it from my faceÃ¢â¬ (Ln 7) which is then responded, Ã¢â¬Å"You cannot miss that innÃ¢â¬ (Ln 8) . An Ã¢â¬Å"inÃ¢â¬ symbolizes for a resting place or perhaps heaven. In this case, there seems to be a comfortable Ã¢â¬Å"innÃ¢â¬ for her and other wayfarers to stay at along their journey. The speaker in each successive stanza, knows that life is hard but finds that there is rest and a final resting place. The third stanza is also a continuation of this reassuring tone. The speaker asks hopefully if she will meet other Ã¢â¬Å"wayfarersÃ¢â¬ along the way and Ã¢â¬Å"Those who have gone beforeÃ¢â¬ (Ln 10) was the response given. This just shows that the inquiring traveler will meet people along her lifetime that will show her the right path to take. Ã¢â¬Å"Then must I knock, or call when just in sight? /They will not keep you standing at your doorÃ¢â¬ (Ln 11-12), the guide then again reassures her that she would not be left waited, but welcome. Thus, it suggests that though speaker has the choice to listen to the wise along the way, and she does not have to listen to anybody. Yet again, this is another stanza of reassurance answer from the ex-traveler on the subject of the inquiring traveler Ã¢â¬Ës future life. The last stanza holds perhaps the most comforting lines in the whole poem. Ã¢â¬Å"Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak? Ã¢â¬ (Ln 13) asks the inquiring traveler, and Ã¢â¬Å"Of labor you shall find the sumÃ¢â¬ (Ln 14) is answered by the guide. The speaker seems to worry that she will not find peace after Ã¢â¬Å"travel sore and weakÃ¢â¬ , and the guide has to calm the inquiring traveler nerves by giving her hope of future comfort. The first two lines offer compensation for labor: the fact that the inquiring traveler can only find as much comfort as much as she puts in labor. In other words, the uphill struggle of life will lead at last to heaven. This is the last stanza out of three that suggest future comfort, Ã¢â¬Å"Will there be beds for me and all who seekÃ¢â¬ / Ã¢â¬Å"Yea, beds for all who comeÃ¢â¬ (Ln 15-16), the beds also represent death and a final resting place. After the journey of the inquiring traveler is over, she is Ã¢â¬Å"travel-sore and weakÃ¢â¬ , and arrives at this resting place (the bed) which opens to anybody who searches for peace. UphillÃ¢â¬ is an allegorical poem in which is regarded the journey of life as an Ã¢â¬Å"uphillÃ¢â¬ journey. Life is recognized as a painful task (it's up-hill all the way), yet it is the duty of mankind to undertake the trip in hopes of a peaceful rest in heaven as a reward, a reward for all obstacles that obstruct in life. All the pain and suffering are to be expected, not resisted. One benefits from them in the end. The poem ends with a note of hope that in heaven the weary souls will find comfort just like the travelers at the inn. Uphill Ã¢â¬Å"UphillÃ¢â¬ is a poem that was written by Christina Rossetti in 1861. According to our textbook Discovering Poetry, this poem uses allegory, which is when various Ã¢â¬Å"symbols work together in a set patternÃ¢â¬ . The various symbols portrayed by the author in this poem are consistent with those of a journey; a road, an inn, a resting place at night, and other wayfarers. The poem consists of four stanzas, in which an individual is posing questions in the first and third lines of each stanza, and in the second and fourth lines of the stanza someone is responding to those questions.In my initial readings of the poem, I was thinking of the communication taking place as that of a conversation between two individuals. For example, the person posing the questions was talking to their priest, or a child was asking their parents questions about life. However, after reading the poem numerous times, I began to view the interaction as not being an actual conversation, but rather an individual deep in prayer and having a conversation with God. Although God doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t usually speak directly to us, we often seem to find the answers we seek through prayer.In this poem the individual is posing their questions in prayer, and then receiving the response in their minds, which then offers comfort. I believe that the various symbols that are used in this poem are the authors attempt to describe our journey through life, and her vision that our place in the afterlife will be dependent on how we lived in our earthly life. The first stanza poses the questions Ã¢â¬Å"Does the road wind uphill all the way? Ã¢â¬ , and Ã¢â¬Å"Will the dayÃ¢â¬â¢s journey take the whole long day? Here the author is using the symbols of a road, a day, and a journey to describe our life here on earth. Using Ã¢â¬Å"uphillÃ¢â¬ as a metaphor is indicative of the fact that she perceives life as difficult and challenging , and is wondering if the road through life will always be that way. Th e responses indicate that yes, the road will be an uphill one to the very end, and that we will face difficulties and challenges throughout our life. The challenges will last the entire Ã¢â¬Å"dayÃ¢â¬ of our lives, from morn to night, or birth to death.The first stanza ends with Ã¢â¬Å"my friendÃ¢â¬ , indicating that the person answering the questions is someone who cares about the questioner and that they should trust them. In this opening stanza, it is as if someone is facing a hard time in their lives, and is praying to God for answers. The second stanza opens with the question Ã¢â¬Å"But is there for the night a resting place? Ã¢â¬ with the response being Ã¢â¬Å"A roof for when the slow dark hours beginÃ¢â¬ . Here the author is changing from the Ã¢â¬Å"dayÃ¢â¬ of the first stanza, which was our life on earth, to Ã¢â¬Å"nightÃ¢â¬ , which would be the afterlife.The questioner is wondering if there will be a place of Ã¢â¬Å"restÃ¢â¬ or safety after we die, and the answer is that yes we will have a Ã¢â¬Å"roofÃ¢â¬ over our heads. This again follows the allegorical vision of a journey, with a person traveling an uphill road throughout the day of our lives, and at the end when darkness comes we all want a place of safety. The questioner is being told that yes, when it gets dark, or in the afterlife, we will have a roof over our heads, meaning we will be safe. The questioner then asks Ã¢â¬Å"May not the darkness hide it from my face? with the response being Ã¢â¬Å"You cannot miss that innÃ¢â¬ . Here the questioner is worried that when we die there may be nothing, just darkness. However, they are assured that they cannot miss the inn, meaning that there is certainty of arrival in this place of safety. In this stanza, the person is continuing their prayer to God. They have already received a response that life is going to be difficult and challenging, and now they are being assured that there is an afterlife and that it will be a place of saf ety.The third stanza opens with the question Ã¢â¬Å"Shall I meet other wayfarers at night? Ã¢â¬ with the response being Ã¢â¬Å"Those who have gone before. Ã¢â¬ The use of Ã¢â¬Å"wayfarersÃ¢â¬ continues the vision of a journey, and here the questioner is asking if they will see other people in the afterlife. Ã¢â¬Å"WayfarersÃ¢â¬ would be other people who have been on the same journey through life. The questioner then asks Ã¢â¬Å"Then must I knock, or call out when just in sight? Ã¢â¬ and is given the response Ã¢â¬Å"They will not keep you standing at the doorÃ¢â¬ .Here the questioner is assured that when they arrive at the inn, or place of safety, their loved ones will be waiting to greet them. In this stanza the person is being assured by God that they will meet their loved ones in the afterlife. The fourth stanza asks the question Ã¢â¬Å"Shall I find comfort, travel- sore and weak? Ã¢â¬ with the response being Ã¢â¬Å"Of labor you shall find the sumÃ¢â¬ . In th e second and third stanzas, the questioner asked if they would find safety in the afterlife and if they would see their loved ones, and here they are asking if they will find comfort.The response is that the comfort they achieve will be dependent on the Ã¢â¬Å"laborÃ¢â¬ or work in their earthly lives. This indicates that there is some form of judgment in the afterlife of how we conduct our lives here on earth. The questioner then asks Ã¢â¬Å"Will there be beds for me and all who seek? Ã¢â¬ and is told Ã¢â¬Å"Yea, beds for all who comeÃ¢â¬ . The term Ã¢â¬Å"seekÃ¢â¬ is important here, because here God is telling the questioner that there isnÃ¢â¬â¢t a bed for everyone, only those who seek Him.As you have read, the poem Ã¢â¬Å"UphillÃ¢â¬ uses the symbols of a journey to create an allegorical vision of our life on earth and into the afterlife. In the final stanza of the poem, it is clear that the author is conveying the message that how we conduct our lives on earth will be a gauge for how we fare in the afterlife. While we will never know who the individual is that is answering the questions in the poem, I believe that it is God responding to the questioner through prayer, because God is the only one who would have the true answers to the questions.