Winter A Magical Time Of Year

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Winter is one of the best seasons of the year. I choose winter as my theme for a number of reasons. Winter is when nature sleeps, or dies, waiting for spring to come. Also, winter is great because of snow and the cold weather. Winter is a great time to just sit inside by a fire and read a book. The peace and quiet of winter is also what makes it one of the best seasons of the year. The analysis of the following poems “Now Winter Nights Enlarge” by Thomas Campion, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost, “Like Brooms of Steel” by Emily Dickinson, “Winter Morning” by William Jay Smith, “Winter: 10 degrees” by Barbara Novack, and “Winter Sunday” by Mark Wunderlich will show how they are all related by having winter as a theme.
The poem "Now Winter Nights Enlarge" by Thomas Campion is about enjoying winter and what comes with it. "Now winter nights enlarge/The number of their hours/And clouds their storms discharge/Upon the airy towers." (Campion, 1-4) Here Campion speaks about winter rolling in and how the night actually "enlarges" with the nights increasing an hour, also with the clouds covering the tallest buildings in sight. In the following lines Campion continues to talk about winter. "This time doth well dispense/And winter his delights/Thought Love and all his pleasures are but toys." (Campion, 13, 22-23) He is saying time goes by quicker, and how even with all the fun things that come with winter they are nothing but mere "toys" as they are only temporary.
“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost is essentially about a traveler stopping in an isolated area to gaze upon the scenic beauty of the woods on a snowy evening. “Whose woods these are I think I know/His house is in the village though/He will not see me stopping here/To watch his woods fill up with snow.” (Frost, 1-4) Here Frost is saying that he does not know who owns the woods, but that they will not see him stopping there to watch the snow fall. In the lines “To stop without a farmhouse near/Between the woods and frozen lake/The darkest evening of the year,” (Frost, 6-8) Frost notices that there is not a farmhouse nearby, that the weather has been so cold that the lake had froze, and that it is the darkest night of the year. “Darkest” here could have a number of meanings, but that depends on the reader’s interpretation.
In the poem “Like Brooms of Steel” by Emily Dickinson she observes winter’s influence on the landscape. “Like Brooms of Steel/The Snow and Wind/Had swept the Winter Street.”(Dickinson, 1-3) It was the wind that made the streets seem like they were swept with a steel broom. “The House was hooked/The Sun sent out/Faint Deputies of Heat.”(Dickinson, 4-6) The house seemed to stay cold because the sun was only able to give off a little warmth.
In the poem “Winter Morning” by William Jay Smith he talks about a snowstorm at night and how everything looked in the morning. “All night the wind swept over the house/Swirling the snow up...

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