Two Tramps In Mud Time Essay

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Two Tramps in a Mud Time Analysis
When initially reading “Two Tramps in Mud Time” it can be looked at as two incongruent poems. Some of the stanzas have no connection to the stanzas before them or following them. One of the two possible poems viewed; the narrator seems narcissistic and focused on oneself. The second poem within “Two Tramps in Mud Time”, the narrator turns to the power and beauty of nature that the reader can relate to. In the final sections of the poem the narrator reveals his deep thoughts to the reader which brings the poem back together as a single whole poem, not disharmonious two separate poems.
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The self-interested narrator is revealed by referring to himself as standing above nature rather than alongside it: “The grip of earth on outspread feet, / The life of muscles rocking soft / And smooth and moist in vernal heat” (45-48).
The narrator then unexpectedly changes his attitude away from one’s self interest to the interest of beauty in nature around him. The narrator turns into more of a humble person who is trying to connect with the reader: “The sun was warm but the wind was chill. / You know how it is with an April day” (17-18). In the middle portion of the poem the narrator is expressing the unpredictability of spring: “When the sun is out and the wind is still, /You’re one month on in the middle of May. / But if you so much as dare to speak, / A cloud comes over the sunlit arch, / A wind comes off a frozen peak, / And you’re two months back in the middle of March”(19-24). The narrator wanted to emphasize that it was spring but that the weather can surprise us and still act like the winter. The narrator also tells us that everything may not be what it appears to be on the outside and that some things are hidden underneath: “ Be glad of water, but don’t forget / The lurking frost in the earth beneath / That will steal forth after the sun is set / And show on the water its crystal teeth” (37-40). The “frost” that the narrator speaks of is the...

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