Subject Anecdote of the Jar
Posted by Teresa
Posted on Thu Dec 10 02:23:45 1998
From IP  

In the first stanza the speaker put a jar in wild ground in Tennessee. And then there was an effect represented. This jar made " sloven wilderness " in good order. The wilderness attitude toward jar in stanza two is deferential and admiring. It " rose" and " sprawled" to the jar. The wilderness was no longer wild. It seemed that the wilderness knuckled under the jar. Compared with the wilderness, this jar was in a higher position. It gestured proudly in air. But in stanza three this situation changed. Although the jar was like a king "took dominion," it was " gray and bare." That means there was nothing worth of pound anymore. "Bare" means the content of the jar is empty and "gray" means the jar is dull and dreary. "It did not give of bird or bush" means the king can't devote to his land. The jar can not give birth to anything.

In this poem the author used many words which have the same vowel such as, around, round , ground and surround. Beside, air, everywhere and bare are also have the same vowel. The word "round" is repeated. The meaning and the sound of round let us think of broad land in Tennessee where so many creatures exist.

The "Dominion wide mouth" is a cylindrical container made of glass. It also an artificial object. In this poem "jar" is a symbol of Art. Art presents another kind of beauty and use different way to show up. It makes the nature has more concrete idea.
Each art is unique and has it own value. That's why in stanza two the jar is praised. But in stanza three the poet criticizes jar. It does have an ability to have something grow vigorously. Art is lack of vitality. So I think poet's attitude toward art is ambivalent

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