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Afternoon In February

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Afternoon In February Poem Verses

The day is ending,
The night is descending;
The marsh is frozen,
The river dead.

Through clouds like ashes
The red sun flashes
On village windows
That glimmer red.

The snow recommences;
The buried fences
Mark no longer
The road o'er the plain;

While through the meadows,
Like fearful shadows,
Slowly passes
A funeral train.

The bell is pealing,
And every feeling
Within me responds
To the dismal knell;

Shadows are trailing,
My heart is bewailing
And tolling within
Like a funeral bell.

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About the poem

The poem is describing the end of a day and the beginning of night. The setting is a wintry landscape with a frozen marsh and river. The red sun can be seen through the clouds and illuminates the red windows of a village. The snow starts falling again and there is a funeral procession passing through the meadows, adding to the sense of sadness and melancholy. The bell is tolling and the speaker's heart responds to the "dismal knell," as they feel weighed down with sorrow, like a funeral bell tolling within them.

The Structure of Poem

This poem consists of five quatrains, each with an ABAB rhyme scheme. The poem has a melancholic tone that reflects the ending of a day and the descent of night. The speaker describes the winter landscape and the snowfall, as well as the passing of a funeral train. The poem has a musical quality, with the use of repetition, alliteration, and assonance. The final lines of the poem bring the theme of mourning to a close, with the speaker's heart tolling "like a funeral bell."

Best Quote from Afternoon In February Poem

This is a quote from the poem Afternoon In February by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"The day is ending, The night is descending;"
This opening line captures the transition from day to night and sets a somber tone for the rest of the poem. It can be used as a standalone quote to convey a sense of finality and closure.

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