An Analysis of Singing to Wolves Essays

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An Analysis of “Singing to Wolves”       


The poem,  “Singing to Wolves” is a modern poem,  that tries to explain to the reader how wonderful solitude is,  but also considers it’s negative side,  with the example of a lonely girl.  The poem starts off with a brief encounter into the history of Wales,  and talks about the Llanthony monks,  who the reader is told were unloved by the Welsh,  and thus driven to a lonely life in the wilderness.  By reading this poem,  it seems as though being unloved is a popular reason for solitude.  After this brief insight into Wales’ history the reader is then taken back to the realms of modern day
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         Lastly wolves are also known to be fairly viscous animals,  that are natural born hunters.  No matter whether the monks would stay in the populated areas of Southern Wales,  where they first came to,  or whether they lived alone in the wilderness,  either way they were hunted and unloved.


“…finding themselves unloved…”


The however does not merely talk about the life of these monks,  but just uses them as an example of people that live in isolation.  The second stanza talks about sights and sounds very familiar to the reader.  Here the poet has made a leap into modern day,  away from the old monks and their solitary life.  The  stanza is filled with what seems like a load of contradictions,  however when one casts a second glance over the stanza,  one realises that these apparent contradictions make perfect sense.


“The tidied ruins are a favourite summer place.”


When one thinks of ruins,  such as old castles etc.,  the last word one would use to describe them as is tidy.  However the author wishes to express how characterless our society has become.  Everything has to follow certain rules and fulfil various expectations.  Ruins could never be left in the state they were found in,  in the first

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