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The First Snowfall by James Russell Lowell Q & A

Who is the speaker?
the father, James Russell Lowell
What is the setting?
inside the house looking out of the window
What is the subject?
a father grieving over the death of his child’s death
Who is the addressee?
general audience
What is the occasion?
remembering the day his child was buried
What kinds of imagery are found in this poem?
sigh, touch, and sound
What is an example of sight imagery in this poem?
“Where a little headstone stood”
What is an example of touch imagery in this poem?
“The stiff rails were softened to swan’s-down”
What is an example of sound imagery in this poem?
“The noiseless work of the sky”
What is the rhyme scheme of this poem?
ABCB
What is an example of alliteration in this poem?
“flake by flake, healing and hiding”
What is an example of simile/personification in this poem?
“How the flakes were folding it gently, as did the robins the babes in the wood.”
What is an example of apostrophe in this poem?
“Up spoke our own little Mabel, Saying, ‘father, who makes it snow?'”
What is an example of metaphor in this poem?
“The noiseless work of the sky”
What is the speaker’s tone in this poem?
peaceful, comforting
What is the mood of this poem?
gloomy, somber
What is an example of diction in this poem?
“Flake by flake, healing and hiding the scar of our deep-plunged woe” instead of just saying that he was scarred by the loss of his daughter
What is the significance of poem’s title?
it snows when he buried his child
What elements of Romanticism are present in this poem?
nature, imagery
What is the message that the author was trying to convey?
you don’t forget your loved ones/certain things remind you of someone
Who wrote this poem?
James Russell Lowell

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