Down to the Puritan Marrow of my bones
There's something in this richness that I hate.
I love the look, austere, immaculate,
Of landscapes drawn in pearly monotones.
There's something in my very blood that owns
Bare hills, cold silver on a sky of slate
thread of water, churned to milky spate1
Streaming through slanted pastures fenced with stones.
I love those skies, thin blue or snowy gray,
Those fields sparse-planted, rendering meager sheaves;
That spring, briefer than apple blossom's breath,
Summer, so much too beautiful to stay,
Swift autumn, like a bonfire of leaves,
sleepy winter, like the sleep of death.
Create a hypertext for the "Puritan
Sonnet" by answering the following questions.
1. Identify the rhyme scheme of the poem
It is written in iambic pentameter.
2. Complete a scansion on 3 lines of the
(Identify line length and meter)
u / u /
There's some / thing in / my ver/ y blood / that
u / u
/ u /
There's some / thing in / this rich / ness that
/ I hate.
u / u
And slee / py win / ter, like / the sleep
/ of death.
3. Identify at least 5 images in the poem (Try
to find images that appeal to different senses)
1) Pearly- This appeals as a
visual image by sending images of beauty and flawlessness.
2) briefer than
apple blossom’s breath- This appeals as a Gustatory image because you can
taste the sweet taste of apples
3) bonfire of
this is an olfactory image because you can smell the smoke of burning flames
4) pastures fenced
with stones- This
is a tactile image because you can feel the stones and whatever is being fenced
5) I love the look,
austere, immaculate- This
is a visual image because you can imagine all of the beauty that is so perfect
4. Identify the problem (situation) and
solution in the sonnet
The problem is that New England is boring and plain yet the
solution is found in the problem. The solution is that the beauty is in how
simple the landscape is.
5. Define the words
Severe or stern in disposition or appearance; somber and grave: the austere
figure of a Puritan minister.
severe in discipline;
immaculate- Impeccably clean;
spotless. Free from stain or
bundle of cut stalks of grain or
similar plants bound with straw or twine.
6. Identify four sound devices in the
(assonance, alliteration, consonance)
1) thread of water- onomatopoeia
2) cold silver on a
sky of slate- alliteration
3) briefer than
apple blossom’s breath- alliteration
4) sky of slate, …… churned to milky
7. What is the speaker's attitude toward
the New England winter landscape?
The speaker loves its pure and natural beauty
and feels connected with it. He talks about the different things that are plain
in nature. She loves how simple it is and especially loves winter because it is
8. What view of life does the
A more simple view of
life where we could actually stop, take time, and
appreciate beauty more often. This poem shows that sometimes we need to stop
with our hectic lives and maybe look at things the way the puritans did.