Poem AnalysisCan wind talk? Maybe even tell a story? No, not really, but the 19
century poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was able to by using his creativeand adventurous personality and style into the poem, “Daybreak”.Longfellow’s deep thinking and adventurous style creates symbolicimagery that the true understanding of poems requires. “Daybreak” hasdialogue of a lifeless, outside force, wind, which creates personification.Longfellow gave the wind the human ability to speak. This shows thatLongfellow thinks outside of the box. When, the wind spoke saying, “Awake!It is day.” it revealed that Longfellow uses imagination and imagery in hispoems. The wind is like a symbol of an alarm clock or a rooster in the rurallands. Longfellow felt like poems cannot be read without life. He believedeverything should have life.Another important characteristic of Longfellow’s style is sound devices. The wind whispered, yelled, sighed, and spoke like a normal human. Theability to speak gave us insights on what the wind feels and what’s his“niche”. “It crossed the churchyard with a sigh.”(17); Longfellow putexhaustion and exasperation in the winds voice. You can just imagine thesame situation when your mother tells you to stop doing something for thefortieth time! There are rhymes at the end of each line which gives it arhythm that can be translated into a child’s song. Sound devices help makethe poem unique and vivid to the readers. Longfellow favors the rhythm andvoice devices.