Life, by Andy Cave
As the sun does rise your life begins.
As you grow older it slowly descends,
and when it sets, your life does end.
When I started this assignment I began looking at all different kinds of poetry trying to find something that sparked my interest. This poem by Andy Cave caught my attention. The poem is short and simple and the author does not use complex diction or big words. He does not give the reader elaborate description or really very much detail at all. Even without all of these things, there is still a unique beauty to this poem. The simple rhyme scheme and the passing of time that are described in the poem are what captivated me. In three simple lines, he captured everything he wanted; he captured life. I do not believe the author would have been able to get his message across any other way. The simplicity of the length and rhyme scheme make what the author is talking about; life, also seem simple. He compares life to the passing of a day, with the sunrise and sunset representing new life and death. He displays the simplicity and shortness of life by comparing it to something that is familiar and comes only for a number of hours and then leaves. Another interesting thing that the author does is his word choice at the end of each line. He used the words, begins, descends, and end. All three of these words summarize what was being talked about in each line.
This poem captures the beauty of life in a rather simplistic way, but sometimes a short and simple poem can express more meaning than an entire novel.