How would you describe the tone of "Rhapsody on a Windy Night"?
There is an almost dreamlike—certainly surreal—quality to the narrative of the poem. It balances playfulness, its odd language and dialogue with the street lamp, with a sense of melancholy and emptiness. Students may see different sides of the night and the speaker: some may connect more with the almost silly tone, some with a speaker so lonely he has to speak to a street lamp while wandering the streets alone at night.
How does the last line change your reading of the poem?
The last line breaks the dreamlike quality of the poem overall, giving both speaker and reader a rude return to reality. It...
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