Who was the poet who wrote the poem “Forgive my Guilt”? Well the poet who wrote the poem “Forgive my Guilt” was the American poet Robert P. Tristram Coffin. Robert was born on March 18, 1892 at Brunswick, Maine. Robert won the Pulitzer Prize for his poem “Strange Holiness” in 1936. His poems were based on New England farm and his voyage life. His poems were committed to cheerful acts for the world. Sadly Robert died on January 20, 1955 at Portland, Maine. In the poem “Forgive my Guilt” the poet uses rhyme, imagery and simile to make us understand and visualize the poem better.
The speaker in this poem is the author. The author is talking about his summer when he was younger. He uses simile in the quote “They cried out like two sorrowful high flutes” meaning that the two birds cried sound like an out of tune flute that sounds horrible. He uses imagery because it helps me picture that two birds have been injured, by telling us that he had a pellet gun and shot the poor birds.
The poem starts by saying “Not always sure what things called sins may be, I am sure of one sin I have done It was years ago, and I was a boy.
In this sentence the author is admitting that he have done a sin when he was younger. A sin is when you have done the wrong action, a regrettable action. It continues to say “I lay in the frostflowers with a gun” he is started to say that he was lying on the ground filled with frostflowers. Then it says “The air ran blue as the flowers, I held my breath” when he said the air ran blue he reflects the sky. Then it says “Two birds on golden legs slim as dream things” he is making us visualize by telling us that the sun was reflecting the birds legs.
Then it says “Ran like quicksilver on the golden sand” when he said this he meant that he was running on the beach. Then it says “My gun went off, they ran with broken wings” he said that he fired his gun and shot a bird and that bird was trying to fly with a broken wing. Then it continues to says “Into the sea, I ran to fetch them in, But they swam with their heads high out to sea,” he said that he knew that he shot a bird so he ran towards to see if the birds were fine but the birds swam away toward the sea.
Then it continues to say “They cried like two sorrowful high flutes, with jagged ivory bones where wings should be” when he said that “they cried like sorrowful high flute” he meant that their cries sounded like an out of tune flute, which sounds horrible and then when it says “with jagged ivory bones where wings should be” he is telling us since he shot the birds, he left the birds wounds. Then it continues to say “For days I heard them when I walked that headland Crying out to their kind in the blue” he tells us that he went back to see the birds and saw that the birds were telling something to their herd.
Headland is when your near a fence or border. Then it says “The other plovers were going over south on silver wings leaving these broken two” he said that the plovers sadly left the two birds and headed south without them. Then it says “The cries went out one day but I still hear them Over all the sound of sorrow in war or peace I ever heard, time cannot drown them. ” He said that the cries of the birds followed him everywhere he goes not matter what he was doing he still heard their cries. Then it ends by saying “Those slender flutes of sorrow never cease.
Two airy things forever denied the air! I never knew how their lives at last were split, But I have hoped for years all that is wild, Airy, and beautiful will forgive my guilt. ” The author is telling us that the cries never stopped, he has heard their cries for many years, he is saying that he is sorry for the sin he has done and finally apologize for the guilt he has committed when he was younger. The poem is telling us to think before we commit something because you never know that the actions you decide might haunt you forever.
It also says to always think twice because when you decide to do something and do it, you might regret it because you can’t go back in time and change your actions. This poem brings a good message to me. It helped me realize that I have to always think twice because I might regret doing something and if I don’t think twice the action I committed my haunt my life forever. Knowing this I will always think twice before I do something. When you read this analysis hopefully this poem brought you a lesson, a lesson in which tells you to always think twice before you commit something you’ll regret throughout your life!