February 20, 2017

Homework Help: English

Posted by Andrea on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 12:47pm.

A poem by Linda pasta can be found here:

"w w w. theatlantic . c o m / doc/200708 / linda-pastan-ash" (withoutspaces)

I was wondering if my analysis of this poem is correct.
This poem is about death. When you're cremated you are transformed from a body into ashes, which is what the title suggest. It also centers on the passing of time because of the seasons mentioned in the poem. The leaves represent fall. Snow = winter. Do the weeds represent the burdens of life? "the moon goes on relentless in the sky" means that life moves on even after someone dies. The last stanza confuses me. Is the speaker waiting for death when she says "I wait." And does "Anonymous, I turn the page" mean that she is translating into a new stage in life? Is the poem unrhymed?

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