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"Oh, Oh" by WIlliam Cathaway

            The poem "Oh, Oh' by William Hathaway is a poem that takes the reader through a pretty scenery that is very calming and relaxing until the very last line where the speaker hits the reader with quite an unpleasant feeling. The poem is very pastoral with the country side and just dreamlike until the ever so infamous Hell's Angels appear and take away that serene and care free feeling. The poem itself evokes a lot of feeling and emotion in the reader. The speaker uses imagery, tone, and diction to give the reader that sense of nostalgia and then snaps the speaker back into reality where everything is not all fine and dandy. .
             The imagery in this poem take the reader to a place that just seems so beautiful and peaceful. The reader can just picture a young couple strolling through the country side with cattle roaming around and just so at ease with the world that nothing could bring them down. This strong sense of passiveness is then interrupted by the images of fifty Hell's Angels riding up to the country only to cause trouble. This contrast contributes to the poem because it makes the reader's feelings and emotions do a 180. It is sort of a way to snap the reader back into reality and back to realize that the peaceful youth is long gone and is now only a dream. .
             The tone in the poem is very childlike and innocent. The speaker's diction seems very youthful and innocent. For example, in line 5, the speaker refers to a train as a "choo-choo." Only children would refer to a train as a choo-choo, so this almost brings a sense of reminiscence that the speaker and his girl are longing for. They are melancholy at the thought of being a child and having those ideas that they can be and do anything they want and to have not a care in the world. This tone helps set the mood for the poem. It makes the reader feel as if they are listening to a child and gives off such a harmless vibe.
             The diction itself in the poem is fun.

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