In the poem ‘i dwell in possibility’ what is the motif

In the poem "i dwell in possibility" what is the motif


It's the imagery of the outdoors! Hope that helps 

The answer is A, the house imagery. I just took the test and chose B, the imagery of the outdoors. It was wrong and the computer pointed to A as being correct.

1. I would say they both have a message of possibility, what could be.  In contrast, "I Dwell in Possibility" is looking beyond the black and white of life, look for the color and all the opportunities beyond.  "Do Not Go Gentle" is a persuasion to fight with all you've got, to not go easily, don't slip away.

2. I DWELL IN POSSIBILITY: The poem is written in iambic tetrameter.  The beginning of the poem follows the rules of this form very well, then gets crazy by the end.  Compare this to poetry: at first a poem is just black and white words on paper but while reading it can offer limitless opportunities to the imagination.

DO NOT GO GENTLE...: The form is villanelle, iambic pentameter.  Do not give in, the words say.  Fight with all you've got.  This message is repetitious throughout the poem, which repetition is found in iambic pentameter.

3. Together, content and form make meaning, which is the message the poet gives to the reader.

1. personification

2. they represent something great

3. she is an educated person

4. it is used to emphasize their great knowledge

5. the mystery of nature theme

6. looking for answers

7. sunshine

8. unsure, sorry


So, the comparison would be that they both seem to be dealing with dark times and how they're dealing with the emotions they're feeling.


So, the contrast would be that the 1 poem says they're dwelling with chaos that's going on and the other seems to let the rage go.

The poet for the 'Do not go gentle into that good night' seem to be using they're POV to express the way they feel and how much anger they're letting out.

The poet for 'I dwell in Possibility' seems to be talking about how they manage with they're problems and think of positive ways to address them while pushing the negativity away.

The forms for these poems seem to be very powerful and (advice-giving -- 'I dwell in possibility') and how they seem to express the way they feel.

Hope this helps

(I tried and I hope this is what your looking for)


I think your analysis is good, but since they are specifically asking you to analyze the formal aspects of each poem, I would add a few more things.

In Dickinson's "I dwell in Possibility," the use of capital letters does emphasize those words, but there are many other poetic devices that create meaning and affect the poem, such as metaphors ("A fairer House," which refers to poetry, for instance), a vivid imagery (it is impossible not to picture a house in your mind when you read this poem, beautiful, ample, with many windows, and the sky as its roof), and assonance (words such as "Prose" and "Doors" or "Eye" and "Sky" have resembling sounds), among others. These devices have been carefully chosen in order to convey a very praising description of poetry.

"Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night," by Dylan Thomas, is a call to resist death and fight for life with tenacity, and the use of specific formal elements contribute greatly to convey that message. Thomas uses repeatedly the verbs "rage" and "do" in their imperative form, in an attempt to convince his dying father to resist and to not accept death without fighting for his life first. He also uses various poetic devices, such as alliteration ("go, gentle, good"), simile ("Blind eyes could blaze like meteors"), oxymoron ("curse" and "bless" have opposing meanings, yet he places them together) and hyperbole (he is exaggerating his father's qualities when he says "Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight"), among others. In addition, throughout the poem there are many terms ("night," "dying of the light," "sad height") that speak symbolically, yet tactfully, of the unavoidable death.        


Question 1:

Which literary device is represented by the house references in "I dwell in Possibility?"


Personification is when an object is given human-like characteristics. Some examples in this peom are that the house is called fairer and the roof is called everlasting.

Question 2:

What do the word Morning in the poem "Will there really be a 'Morning?'" and the word Possibility in the poem "I dwell in Possibility" have in common?

They represent something great.

The author uses "morning" and "possibility" as a way to symbolize something great. It is something that the author is striving for.

Question 3:

"Please to tell a little Pilgrim"

What does the line reveal about the speaker?

She is educated.

The speaker is referring to another person as a "little pilgrim" because she holds a higher status. This likely means she is educated.

Question 4:

In the poem "Will there really be a 'Morning?'" how does the capitalization of "Scholar," "Sailor," and "Wise Man" help to develop the speaker's need to understand the world around her?

It is used to emphasize their great knowledge.

The speaker wants an answer and believes these people can help her find them. She uses capitalization to emphasize them and show respect for their knowledge.

Question 5:

What characteristic do the poems "Will there really be a 'Morning?'" and "I dwell in Possibility" share?

capital letters to emphasize words  

Both poems use capital letters for some words to help add emphasis. There is not a standard rhyme scheme, question marks, or "mystery of nature" in both poems.

Question 6:

In "Will There Really Be a Morning", what is the poet doing?

Looking for answers

This is shown through the speaker using question marks throughout the poem.

Question 7:

In "Will There Really Be a Morning", morning is a metaphor for:


The speaker is searching for wisdom. That is why she is asking questions and seeking knowledge from people who may be more wise than she is.

Question 8:

The comparison between the two houses in "I dwell in Possibility" is an example of:


An allusion is defined as used to talk about something indirectly or without actually stating it. The speaker actually only refers to one house, but is comparing it to another.

That is very good. But maybe you can add that the first poem is in a softer but still strong tone whereas the second one is more firm and aggressive, commanding people to be strong. But I think that the poem doesn't tell you to fight death, but to be strong and not give up even against the biggest of things, like the sun going to dusk. But is was very well written.
Hope this helps. 

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