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Mountain Graveyard

The tone of a “Mountain Graveyard” and the diction of Robert Morgan An almost barren area left contained within a palace of ever-growing, watchful giants. Lying alone visited seldom, becoming a mystery, a cell, or even a shrine to those who know of its existence. Feelings abound hidden in the secluded section of the forest. They range from love to hate, desire to abandonment, sorrow to joy all caused by what dwells there…no, but what is no longer here. Here, being with us the living, for the ground is where they now lay. Not to be seen or touched by that of the human hand, just to be remembered by a statue or plaque. This is a picture of graveyard that lies atop a mountain, and is the basis for a poem written by Robert Morgan. In picturing, a graveyard many of us view it as open and on a nicely trimmed field, with few trees to allow the sunlight to shine through to be seen and not clogged by that of tree limbs and leaves. Kept well maintained for all of the visitors. A mountain graveyard is seen to be a different in several ways as described by the vocabulary chosen by Morgan. The image shown through his declaration is that of large stones, gray colored slates, written on telling tales of mystery. Surrounding them would be the earth and the sacred cedars that crowd the ceiling above the earthly bedding allowing little light to shine through to the floor below. Robert Morris uses the emotional variance of his readers to help portray the image of a mountainous graveyard throughout the poem entitled “Mountain Graveyard” with the great emphasis placed on his middle diction of word choices. His word alternations were selective for they are all anagrams. Some examples would be: “slate tales”(686), “hated death” (686). These words are simple in meaning, but the connotations that could be associated with them provide the reader with a greater depth of the portrayal that the author may have been trying to rea...

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