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Written near a port on a dark evening charlotte smith

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Written near a port on a dark evening charlotte smith

  1. 1. Written Near a Port on a Dark Evening - Charlotte Smith By Luz Esteban and Olivia Obligado
  2. 2. About The Author Charlotte Turner Smith was an English Romantic poet and novelist. She initiated a revival of the English sonnet, help establish the conventions of Gothic fiction and wrote political novels of sensibility. A successful writer, she published ten novels, three books of poetry and other assorted works, over the course of her career. She saw herself as a poet first. Scholars now credit her with transforming the sonnet into an expression of woeful sentiment. During adulthood, Charlotte Smith eventually left husband Benjamin Smith and began writing to support their children. She included portraits of herself and her family in her novels as well as details about her life in her prefaces. After 1789, however, Smith’s popularity waned and by 1803 she was destitute and ill- she could barely hold a pen, and sold her books to pay off her debts. In 1806, Smith died. She is recognized as an important Romantic writer.
  3. 3. The Poem Huge vapours brood above the clifted shore, Night on the ocean settles dark and mute, Save where is heard the repercussive roar Of drowsy billows on the rugged foot Of rocks remote; or still more distant tone Of seamen in the anchored bark that tell The watch relieved; or one deep voice alone Singing the hour, and bidding “Strike the bell!”
  4. 4. ... All is black shadow but the lucid line Marked by the light surf on the level sand, Or where afar the ship-lights faintly shine Like wandering fairy fires, that oft on land Misled the pilgrim–such the dubious ray That wavering reason lends in life’s long darkling way.
  5. 5. The title Before we analyze the poem, let’s look a little closer at what the title tells us about the meaning of the poem. The title can tell us the deeper meaning of it: ● “ Written Near a Port on a Dark Evening“. We can infer that this poem might be obscure because of the powerful word present in the title: “dark”. The author is introducing us to that kind of atmosphere. ● This obscure atmosphere may have something to do with nature because of the word “evening”. It is possible that the author will explore her deepest thoughts through a very powerful resource, such as nature.
  6. 6. Analysis What we interpret and understand about this poem was the author's distance from the human world, that great need to feel the emptiness of the sea, as she was feeling it in her daily life. We believe that the voice of the poem needed to feel part of nature to find itself, to come out of the human void, to find it in the environment. An empty life, an empty sea. That is what it is about, we believe that the poem focuses on the gaps in life and how the human being clings to what he can, and in this case it is nature, being more specific, the sea.
  7. 7. Structure The sonnet - conventional English sonnet structure 1- 3 Quatrains (4 lines each with rhyme scheme) 2- Rhyming couplet for last two lines 3- Each line contains 10 syllables
  8. 8. Tone We believe that the voice of the poem presents a totally distant and obscure tone, a tone already disinterested in humanity
  9. 9. Literary Devices ● “Huge Vapours brood above the clifted shore” ● We believe that it is a personification since it speaks that the vapours are somehow staying being raised, as if they were part of the animal nature, on the coasts.
  10. 10. ... ● “All is black shadow but the lucid line Marked by the light surf on the level sand” ● We believe that there is imagery in this sentence since reading it we can create a clear image of what the author wants to convey. A darkness that only ends on the shoreline.
  11. 11. Important Quote! The following phrase caught our attention. “Strike The bell” We were surprised because it is the first time in the entire poem that a human voice could be heard. A human scream, human presence in the emptiness of nature.
  12. 12. Conclusion In conclusion, we really liked being able to read this poem since we were able to see human distancing from another point of view, from a look in which emptiness is not so bad, a look in which in emptiness you will always find the nature. An empty space. An empty life, which can be compared to an immense and endless ocean.
  13. 13. The End Hope You Liked It

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