“So We’ll Go No More A Roving” By Lord Byron

Literature Response: Poetry

“So We’ll Go No More A Roving” By Lord Byron

A reponse to Byron’s poem describing how, after too much revellry, the “sword outwears its sheath”.


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  1. Explore how the Flower- Fed Buffaloes ( By Vachel Lindsay) powerfully conveys feelings about human destruction of the natural world.

    The flower-fed buffaloes is a nature poem in which the author conveys feelings about human destruction of the natural world. The idea of the extinct buffalo is linked to the demolition of nature and the disappearance of the Native American tribes as a result of the colonization in America over the nineteenth century. As more settlers entered and explored North America, industries grew, so the area in which tribes and their animals could graze was cut down.
    The poem as a whole has a nostalgic tone and is thinking retrospectively. The first lines represent the flower fed buffaloes and the linking of the letter “f” demonstrates the buffaloes dependence on flowers. As North America got more industrialized, nature was being destroyed, so the buffaloes’ treat was spoiled. “Ranged where the locomotives sing And the prairie flowers lie low:-“ The trains are happy in contrast with the misery of the buffaloes who are forced to move; “prairie flowers lie low” is a personification of how flowers are hiding from men. In “The tossing, blooming, perfumed grass is swept away by wheat,” the first three verbs create a sense of vitality that is flounced in the following line where the “ing” show how the actions are happening now. Furthermore the involvement of the semantic field of sound helps to involve the reader and creates a more effective understanding of the change that has occurred. The refreshing grass has become the economical item of wheat. “Wheels and wheels and wheels spin by” this is relating to the locomotives and technology which emphasise the invasion. Line 8, “In the spring that still is sweet,” shows how man destroys nature but not time, because whatever happens time is eternal.
    The tone suddenly changes when the poet introduces line 9 with “But”: this creates an ominous, somber serious tone which demonstrates how the buffaloes are no longer there. “Left us long ago”, the euphemism here helps to make the buffalo seem more human and allows the reader to sympathize thoroughly with these living beings. “They gore no more, they bellow no more:” suggests the actions of a once powerful beast, in which the verb “gore” symbolises how it used to bite anything, and “bellow” is the sound they often made, almost a cry of pain.“ They trundle around the hills no more: “is an onomatopoeia in which the buffaloes are compared to the locomotives; “ trundle” connotes how they are moving as if rolling. The repetition of the phrase “no more” three times, makes the disappearance of the buffaloes noteworthy.
    The last three lines have a particular nostalgic tone: “Blackfeet lying low, With the Pawnee lying low,” draws comparison with the native American tribes Blackfeet and the buffaloes who suffered the same mistreatment by the colonizers. The use of two specific Native American tribes accentuates the sense of destruction, and how people were treated like animals. “Lying low”, the last line, makes us think of death. This phrase is repeated three times in the last three lines to conclude the poem with a warning that if urbanization does not end more elements of nature will become subject to the fate of the buffaloes.

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