Essay 2 Draft
In the poem, “The Taxi,” by Amy Lowell, the speaker describes itself being driven away from their beloved ones. This blank verse poem gives off the impression of a city and a loss with an anguished tone. I will explicate the two lines towards the middle of the poem: ” I call out for you against the jutted stars And shout into the ridges of the wind.” Although there are many lines used to develop the concept in the poem, I explicate these two lines because to me, it appears to be the start where the speaker’s emotion begins to crash. These two lines specifically represent the poem terms of imagery, connotation and denotation, symbolism, and assonance.
In the first line, “I call out for you against the jutted stars,” Amy Lowell provides a great vision to the reader. Using imagery, she portrays a picture of someone calling upon the stars. Proceeding deeper into the “jutted stars”, the word “jutted” suggests something sticking out or extending beyond the main body or line, and the word “stars” connotes the setting of a dark night. She could be describing the night as having “sharp edges.” Furthermore, the “stars” also symbolizes a big change or turning point in a person’s life, but they are also seen as a sign of sorrow.
The following line, “And shout into the ridges of the wind,” describes the speaker revealing its pain. The word “shout” denotes a loud call or cry; an expression of strong emotion to be heard through the ridges of the wind. The “wind” indicates the natural movement of air. It can also imply a gale; an uproar storm. There is assonance of the repeated “i” vowel sound in “ridges” and “wind”. The reader can visualize the scent, sound, feeling, or taste as Lowell uses one of the five senses into imagery as the wind rushes through the speaker at the peak.
There is also an enjambment show between the words, “stars” and “And”, completing a full sentence when both lines are combined. There is consonance found in the S’s of ‘stars’ and ‘shout’ and assonance is found in ‘out’ and ‘shout’ within the letter o. Lowell’s choices of words create a sharp image as she expresses the suffering the speaker feels, as it departed from its lover; the stars are “jutted” and the wind has “ridges.” The speaker cries out for its lover, the more faraway it is and the more grief it feels inside. In the last line of the poem, the speaker goes back and questions why it should leave its lover, to wound itself upon the sharp edges of the night. The poem simply explicates that life without its lover is depressing.