Duncan Campbell Scott: Poetry Quotes


"Yet their own tears remain unshed,
Their own tumultuous fears unsaid,
And, seeming steadfast as the forest and the earth
Shaken are they with pain."

"Enigma" - First Stanza

The narrator is telling us how some men were made to help women feel more comforted in times of distress. However, this quote shows one of the important points and theme of the poem - that while trying to do this, men are putting an unhealthy emotional restraint on themselves.

"The winds that on the uplands softly lie,"

"When Spring Goes By" - First Stanza

This proves to be the beginning of a more meaningful poem, and the way the author introduces it is as so. Beginning with a calm and restful picture, he then changes the context of the sentence by adding more to it. The narrator seems to be quite happy with the spring, but maybe a little too happy, leading the reader to recognize the description of the landscape and contrast it with how the narrator views it.

"Come to me when grief is over,"

"Angel" - First Stanza

The narrator of this poem seems to have problems of their own, so they start off by simply stating that they don't want to add to themselves anyone else's problems. Majestic in nature, the poem goes on to describe the same type of belief. Based on the title, it may be logical to assume that the narrator is an angel, and only those who can get through the roughest of times successfully have a chance at meeting him or her.

"Where the first robin on the sheltered hill
Pipes blithely to the tune, "When Spring goes by!"
Hear him again, "Spring! Spring!" He seems to cry,"

"When Spring Goes By" - First Stanza

Here we see the use of personification to describe the robin, who is said to be chirping. At first glance, you may think that the robin is the narrator, the one viewing the beautiful spring world that is described. However, even without overwhelming personification, the robin may be considered a narrator in itself.

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