Thursday, September 7th, 2017...7:30 pmhochheij

The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland

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  1. Use of water imagery- to convey something fleeting/ fluid.
  2. Use of the word gold or golden to describe morning and the word silver to describe night/ Life and death/ precious or significant times.
  3. Juxtaposition of nature- carefree with civilization- full of “money cares and fears.”
  4. Describes Fairyland as a “world-forgotten isle”- metaphorically referring to Ireland’s forgotten culture?
  5. Personification of Earth as a woman who coaxed the protagonist to her in his death.
  6. Earth is enticing and lulling- singing.
  7. “love” and “sea” are compared in line 9- both cannot be grasped/ held onto/ they are fleeting/ impermanent.
  8. “Woven changeless roof of boughs”- this world is ageless and untouched by humans
  9. Emphasis on song to convey the presence of nature and faeries- Fish/lugworm/earth/seas
  10. “old silence”- death that is ancient/ the only way to get to this island is through death.


  • From reading your 10 observations, I realize that you paid particular attention to word choice and imagery in this poem. If you were going to write a close reading paper on “The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland”, it seems that your initial reactions/observations hone in on the language and the feelings they evoke by momentarily taking us to this enticing, lulling place.

  •   Professor Seiler
    September 12th, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Jackie–good start to the blog. To build on your list (and as per Olivia’s encouragement to do so): do you see any progression–of time, narrative, character, etc.–in the poem, or is it static? When and how did you realize that “The Man” is dead?

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