Blackout Poem- “Where The Sycamore Grew”


The poem “Where The Sycamore Grew” by Carrie Richards is a narrative poem that shares a story about a person reflecting on their past years at their old home. Whether the memories are happy or sad, the speaker seems very content. A lot of poetic devices can be pulled out of this poem, like personification “thirty years flew away, and fell into in the past”(Richards 15). Another poetic device found in this poem is euphony “like a whirlwind of leaves, in a springtime of lives”(Richards 17). The overall theme of this poem is that nostalgia is neither a good or a bad thing, but rather reliant on the memories themselves. “Where The Sycamore Grew” is significant because everyone has memories that they will remember and never let go.


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