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Snowbound By: John Greenleaf Whittier. John Greenleaf Whittier. Born on Dec. 17, 1807 in rural Massachusetts into a Quaker family Got a job at the American Manufacturer with the help of William Lloyd Garrison Became a strong abolitionist and supporter of African American rights.

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Snowbound by john greenleaf whittier

Snowbound

By: John Greenleaf Whittier


John greenleaf whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier

  • Born on Dec. 17, 1807 in rural

    Massachusetts into a Quaker

    family

  • Got a job at the American

    Manufacturer with the help of

    William Lloyd Garrison

  • Became a strong abolitionist

    and supporter of African

    American rights


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John Greenleaf Whittier

  • Part of the fireside poets along with

    • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, and William Cullen

  • First major success was Snowbound, selling over 10,000 copies

  • Had other successes, such as a volume called Among the Hills and At Sundown

  • He lived comfortably in New England until he died on Sept. 7, 1892

  • An idyll: a literary work describing a simple, pastoral/farming/country scene.


A winter idyll

A Winter Idyll

  • ~ from Snowbound

The sun that brief December day

Rose cheerless over hills of gray,

And, darkly circled, gave at noon

A sadder light than waning moon.

Slow tracing down the thickening sky

Its mute and ominous prophecy,

A portent seeming less than threat,

It sank from sight before it set.

A chill no coat, however stout,

Of homespun stuff could quite shut out,     

A hard, dull bitterness of cold,

That checked, mid-vein, the circling race

Of life-blood in the sharpened face,     

The coming of the snow-storm told.

The wind blew east: we heard the roar

Of Ocean on his wintry shore,

And felt the strong pulse throbbing there

Beat with low rhythm our inland air.


A winter idyll1

A Winter Idyll

  • ~ from Snowbound

Meanwhile we did your nightly chores,-

Brought in the wood from out of doors,

Littered the stalls, and from the mows

Raked down the herd's-grass for the cows;

Heard the horse whinnying for his corn;

And, sharply clashing horn on horn,

Impatient down the stanchion rows

The cattle shake their walnut bows;

While, peering from his early perch

Upon the scaffold's pole of birch,

The cock his crested helmet bent

And down his querulous challenge sent.

Unwarmed by any sunset light

The gray day darkened into night,

A night made hoary with the swarm

And whirl-dance of the blinding storm,

As zigzag, wavering to and fro

Crossed and recrossed the wingèd snow:

And ere the early bed-time came

The white drift piled the window-frame,

And through the glass the clothes-line posts

Looked in like tall and sheeted ghosts


Literary devices

Literary Devices

  • Imagery

    • “The wind blew east: we heard the roar”

    • “Umwarmed by any sunset light, The gray darkened into night”

  • Tone

    • Somber

    • Talking about the past


Bibliographies

Bibliographies

Harmon, Justin, et. al. "John Greenleaf Whittier." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 2 Apr. 2013.


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