9EN1 – Mr Dettman – The River God (Poetic Voice)

Due: Mr Legowski’s next Lesson (Ozymandias Homework due Monday for Mr Dettman, see below this post.)
Below are four different interpretations of the poem.
1) Which do you agree with most and why? 
Extension: Do you have your own interpretation of the poem which is different from any of the thoughts below?
•The River God is telling humans that while we may think that he is just a smelly, old river he is actually a powerful force – watch out!
•It’s clear that the River God is lonely and misunderstood. He is punishing the people who do not respect him and reminding us that while we may dismiss him as smelly and old he has many good qualities. Perhaps we should feel sorry for him.
•This is a love poem; the River God has fallen in love with a human. The River God reminds us that while all of us have forgotten the beautiful lady (we’re only human and don’t last very long after all!), he will never forget her or forgive her if she leaves.
•The poem is showing us how we take aspects of nature for granted when each part of it has its own inner life and secrets that we know nothing about.
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2 thoughts on “9EN1 – Mr Dettman – The River God (Poetic Voice)

  1. Charlie

    I believe that “It’s clear that the River God is lonely and misunderstood. He is punishing the people who do not respect him and reminding us that while we may dismiss him as smelly and old he has many good qualities. Perhaps we should feel sorry for him.” He is punishing the people who bathe as in the poem there is a couplet which says “And they take a long time drowning, As I throw them up now and then in the spirit of clowning.” This symbolises that the river will harm anyone who disobeys its rules. Harming by execution.

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