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Fern Hill

Fern Hill

by Dylan Thomas

Fern Hill Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. This guy's all talk and no walk. There is a lot of description in this poem, but not much action. Why do you think Dylan Thomas focused so much on describing the setting in his poem? 
  2. What's with all the colors in the poem? Why so much green and gold? Is that supposed to symbolize something?
  3. Do you believe youth is the only time you can be "green and carefree?" Do we automatically lose that "ease" as we grow older?
  4. What did the speaker in "Fern Hill" mean when he said he "sang in his chains"? And how in the world is that like the sea?
  5. How does "Fern Hill" compare to Robert Frost's poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay"? Are these poems similar in any way? How are they different?

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