What are the differences in the themes of the octet and the sestet of the sonnet "Nature" written by H.W.Longfellow?

What are the differences in the themes of the octet and the sestet of the sonnet "Nature" written by H.W.Longfellow?

What are the differences in the themes of the octet and the sestet of the sonnet "Nature" written by H.W.Longfellow?

What are the differences in the themes of the octet and the sestet of the sonnet "Nature" written by H.W.Longfellow?

See the link below for another answer regarding this poem. Your question differs somewhat in that you are asking about the difference in themes between the octet and sestet of the sonnet.In the octet, which occurs first, the poet introduces his simile – he is comparing nature to a “fond mother”:As a fond mother, when the day is o’er,Leads by the hand her little child to bed,Half willing, half reluctant to be led,And leave his broken playthings on the floor,Still gazing at them through the open door,Nor wholly reassured and comfortedBy promises of others in their stead,Which, though more splendid, may not please him more;He establishes the image of a child being led to bed, lovingly, by his mother. All children are reluctant to be so led and as the child is led, he gazes back at his “playthings” – wishing he could continue to play with them. His mother reassures him that he can play more the next day, perhaps even with better toys.In the sestet, the author explains how the mother/child relationship is like nature/man:So nature deals with us, and takes awayOur playthings one by one, and by the handLeads us to rest so gently, that we goScarce knowing if we wish to go or stay,Being too full of sleep to understandHow far the unknown transcends the what we know.Nature is our mother. She takes away our playthings – youth, health, love………and leads us to “sleep” – probably death. And we don’t even comprehend what the unknown is; we are too full of sleep. Perhaps we don’t appreciate our playthings until we do not have them anymore.The poem is really divided into two parts in this manner.
What are the differences in the themes of the octet and the sestet of the sonnet "Nature" written by H.W.Longfellow?
What are the differences in the themes of the octet and the sestet of the sonnet "Nature" written by H.W.Longfellow?
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What are the differences in the themes of the octet and the sestet of the sonnet "Nature" written by H.W.Longfellow?
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