The seven days war that put the world to sleep, Late in the evening the strange horses came. By then we had made our covenant with silence, But in the first few days it was so still We listened to our breathing and were afraid.
The poem employs a first person narrator whose memory recalls the scene of the horses ploughing the field. The poem is intended to be read aloud representing the rhythm of the horses and the memory of the poet passing through his mind and then back to the present.
The theme of the poem expresses the importance of reminiscences and the passing of time with no understanding of what the future may bring.
The horses represent the past when the world was not industrialized.
The tone of the poem exemplifies bitterness and anger for the changed world in which the author now lives, yet he finds a strange beauty in the previous time when the horses worked to make the field come to life.
Using wonderful descriptors for his images, the reader can visualize the scene along with the narrator.
The poet also uses comparisons to appraise the images. For example, these comparisons help to visualize the horses and the rows that they plow. A metaphor- "And their great hulks were seraphims of gold…" The huge bodies of the horses were golden angels.
A simile- "The furrows rolled behind like struggling snakes…" The plowed rows looked as if they were wriggling serpents.
Muir demonstrates concrete imagery when he paints the scene with these visions: They came, they seemed gigantic in the gloam, And warm and glowing with mysterious fire Initially, the narrator observes a team of horses performing the traditional breaking of the ground in preparation for planting.
These horses are huge palomino colored [golden] with white manes.
The poet compares them to silent monsters working in the field. The horses, greater than the farmer or the observer, come to life as they work plowing the furrows.
As the sun sets, the horses are done for the day. Contrasting images show both happiness and anger in the second verse. The farmer may be frustrated that the day is over, but the horses are ready for rest. The last stanza brings the narrator back to the present.
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Horses by Edwin Muir 1) In this memory poem, the poet remembers his days as a little boy in his country home, observing the horses on the ranch. He remembers their steady movement that would displace the soil beneath their hooves.