Wednesday, February 11, 2009

All That is Gold Does Not Glitter

All That is Gold Does Not Glitter

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.


JRR Tolkien




People are not what they seem. What is shown on the outside is not all that there is. Basically you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Line by line the sum of this poem is.


Line 1 is for inner values and virtues and says that even though something does not stand out it still has worth
Line 2 stands for rewards of the efforts of curiosity, experimentation and exploration It says that even though someone may appear to be lost they can just be looking for something more. 
Line 3 for the importance of experience and significance of endurance
Line 4 for the unwavering faith and that when you ground yourself you are less likely to be easily influnced to act against your values and beliefs
Line 5 expresses that there is always hope and when everything may be gone there is always something that can come from it.
Line 6 for things that seemed impossible, there is still hope
Line 7 says that the power of healing may restore destroyed things and may also increase its glory
Line 8 

The whole poem is a metaphor or a conceit. The things in this poem are not meant to be taken literally but to symbolize something more such as important lessons or values about life.


The Rhyme scheme of this poem is:









Posted by Jeff in 16:08:50

3 Responses to “All That is Gold Does Not Glitter”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow I’m impressed! You seem to have gotten the meaning, the rhyme, etc. I believe that you are correct about the poem. It’s a metaphor to show that you can’t always tell what a person truly is by looking on the outside of them. You have to look at what they truly are on the inside. This is because you can’t really tell what a person thinks and feels just by looking at them. Once again the rhyme scheme, and the description of each line as well as your analysis of the poem impress me. =D

    -Christine Bellemare
    Period 6

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree with this analysis for the most part. It’s a very good poem and I liked it. The meaning I took from this poem is that things aren’t always as they appear to be. There’s so much more than meets the eye. You stated that line 8 is the sum of the rest of the poem. You may be right, but I disagree with you. Line 8 says “the crownless again shall be king” I took this line to mean that anything is possible. This line has both a figurative meaning and a possible literal meaning. Usually if a king is taken from the thrown, he would not resume that position. However, it is possible that he could still somewhat feel like a king by the non-possession things he has in life. But I really do like this poem. Really good choice!

  3. Anonymous says:

    this was not done by anonymous. it was done by Harmony GravesGarcia from period 6