At first glance, both sonnets tackle the theme of beauty.
Both titles are highly symbolic. The candle, a symbol of life and its fragility, relates to the sudden death of the young boy. The settings of both poems are quite different; the poet, Robert Frost, is an American writer and chooses to set his poem in his native country.
The saw mills and heavily wooded areas, the sawing work the boy is doing all hints at an isolated, rural existence.
The lighting of candles around the bedside is part of the Catholic tradition when someone dies. The period of time covered by the poems is different. The triplets gradually build up the tension and hold the reader in anticipation of what is to come.
Run on lines also lead up to the climax and create a sense of inevitability. The fact that it is also written in the third person creates an overall impression of an old fairy tale like Hansel and Gretel, just as horribly twisted although with an unhappy ending. Both poems have impact in the last line.
While the reader feels the family should feel compassion for their lost loved one, the family carry on with their every-day lives as if nothing has happened.
The poet keeps a great deal back for the climax of the poem saving the details about what has happened until then, although hints are given in the first few lines.
The mother seems to rail silently at the injustice of it all, perhaps blaming herself. The scenes are described with a clarity which is unusual for an event which happened so long ago and the language used is stark almost as if the poet is loathe to describe the memory in too much detail for fear of the pain it will cause him.
But the damage has been done, yet the injury does not at first seem to be life threatening which is why the sudden failing of the pulse is so shocking not only to the characters in the poem but also to the reader. I cannot truthfully say that I enjoyed either of the two poems, but they both dealt with the subject of the sudden death of a child in ways that remain with you long after you have finished reading the poems.
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