Death Over Water – a 6 response
NOTE: transition through repetition of words (synonyms and pronous included) and transitional phrases.
Also note the sophisticated vocabulary and sentence variety, especially some of the parallel structues.
In the poem “Death Over Water”, by Elizabeth Rhett Woods, the poet uses a pair of ice dancers as an extended metaphor for the life and death struggle between an eagle and a gull. This suitable metaphor is based on a number of similarities.
The movement of the two birds loosely mirrors that of a pair of ice dancers. The gull “swerves across / the open water” just as an ice dancer swerves across the open ice. As the gull swerves back and forth, the eagle follows a parallel course, just as a pair of ice dancers synchronize their movements. The synchronicity between the gull and the eagle is a result of their equal desires: the eagle is striving to catch the gull and the gull is striving equally hard to escape. In the case of the ice dancers, the two partners strive to remain a predetermined distance apart. If they are too close, they risk colliding, and if they are too far apart, they will not be able to perform effectively in tandem.
The death of the gull has a distinct parallel to the way many ice dancers choose to end their routine. The eagle knocked the gull out of the air and retrieved its limp body. At the end of many ice dance routines, the female skater falls limply into the arms of the male partner.
While the scene is played out, a large group of crows is watching. This likely symbolizes a crowd watching an ice dancing competition. Their eyes see all and their minds are critical. And at the end of the performance, they leave the arena.