Black Out Poem – “Where The Sycamore Grew”

Tobiasz Majerkiewicz

Block A

12 17 2018

Mr Barazzuol

Poem Analysis of “Where The Sycamore Grew”

        The poem “Where The Sycamore Grew”, written by Carrie Richards is a very understandable piece of literature that some viewer may find relatable. The poem presents to the reader a woman, who has just returned to her past home, even seeing this described “sun-yellow” home from a distance gave her instantaneous realizations on how much things have changed. With this great realization  the character notices  that “The street seems narrower, and the trees are taller.”(3) A side from the amount of meaning this poem has behind it, it also gives off opportunities for possible thematic statements. The poem encompasses many strong topics but the focal point of this poem can be summarized as: life is about leaving things behind and making long-lasting memories out of them. The poem “Where The Sycamore Grew” shows us many ways its significance relates to the human life, The speaker exclaims that their first milestone was “a path we laid on a warm summer day/in a place that we knew as our very first home” (28-29) The significance this phrase has is that it help people understand that childhood memories should be remembered forever and not forgotten because you will never re-live that moment Another section the reader is introduced to the significance of this poem is in stanza 1 and our speaker is first introduced to whats left of the childhood home, the speaker notices that “The neighboring orchards have all but disappeared”(6)  and this was a place from her childhood that stayed with her forever. The poem uses different types of poetic devices to enhance the reading experience some of which include the use of a metaphor “It’s a path we laid on a warm summer day in a place that we knew as our very first home” (28-29).  The message this metaphor is trying to convey is “The Path” that the family placed where the first stepping stones into the future of this family. Imagery is commonly used inside this poem, because it is describing such an important mile-stone in a persons life, in this case the woman is describing “Just a small yellow house, with snow-white shutters … that sits ’round the bend, where the sycamore grew…”. The poem “Where The Sycamore Grew”, uses hidden symbols to get the reader more engaged on its main focus, the childhood memories. Symbolism is being expressed in lines 7 thought 8, the speaker starts to reflect upon what has changed “But somehow we knew the house would still be there / As if seen from a distance, …yet, still much is the same”(7-8). Inside the poem an example of a simile is being executed while the woman is standing in front of her childhood home and the thoughts and sharp memories began to rush to her head and become”…quickly alive… / like a whirlwind of leaves, in a springtime of lives.”(16-17) The simile is comparing the memories rushing into her vision to a whirlwind that has picked up all of the memories form the back of her head, using this the woman is able to realize that not much has changed over the span of thirty years.

In Conclusion the poem “Where The Sycamore Grew” is mainly based off of the life experience, of moving on with your childhood while keeping all those memories you have made, in a sealed box in the back of your mind.


Below is Black Out Poetry that shows what the poem“Where The Sycamore Grew” is all about


1 thought on “Black Out Poem – “Where The Sycamore Grew”

  1. Thanks for sharing both your writing and visual for your “Blackout Poetry” assignment!

    Mr. Barazzuol
    English Teacher

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