Analysis Of The Poem ' Once More On The Lake '

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Lakeside Memories In “Once More to the Lake,” E.B. White expresses a sense of wonder when he revisits a place that has significant memories. Upon revisiting the lake he once knew so well, White realizes that even though things in his life have changed, namely he is now the father returning with his son, the lake still remains the same. Physically being back at the lake, White faces an internal process of comparing his memory of the lake as a child, to his experience with his son. Throughout this reflection, White efficiently uses imagery, repetition, and tone to enhance his essay. First, White uses imagery throughout his essay to create an effective visual of his experiences at the lake. To start his essay, White reflects on his childhood memories of the lake when he and his family visited every summer: “I remembered clearest of all the early morning, when the lake was cool and motionless, remembered how the bedroom smelled of the lumber it was made of and the wet woods whose scent entered the screen.” This passage enhances imagery and appeals to the sense of sight and smell. As White describes the calm motionlessness of the lake, and the tranquil smell of lumber he establishes a visualization of a peaceful place. Another example of imagery is used when White describes familiar storms that usually happens midafternoon: “Afterwards the calm, the rain steadily rustling in the calm lake, the return of light and hope and spirits, and the campers running out in the joy and relief to go swimming in the rain.” This passage enhances imagery by using descriptive concrete wording. As White describes the lake as remaining peaceful as the rain begins to fall, the campers find enjoyment getting to swim in the rain. White uses imagery effect... ... middle of paper ... ...ite is longing to relive the sacred summer still close to his heart, but something still remains missing. Another example of tone that is exemplified is peace: “This seemed an utterly enchanted sea, this lake you could leave to its own devices for a few hours and come back to, and find that it had not stirred, this constant and trustworthy body of water.” This passage sets the tone thoroughly. As White describes how the lake is trustworthy and persistent, he is portraying the idea of the memories he once experienced remain unchanged. The change of tone helps connect both positive and negative emotions together. To conclude White binds the three literally elements imagery, repetition, and tone together to write an essay that appeals to the emotions and senses effectively. Reflecting on a place that remains sanctified to him, he also feels as if something is missing.
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