A Poem About a Snowday

The poem “Snow”, by David Berman is about two brothers and what they do on a snowy day. The plot of the poem is a boy and his brother, Seth, are walking through a field. The older brother tells a story to his brother about how the snow got there. They then walk over a frozen lake and the older brother then says hello to his neighbor. The two brothers then begin to shovel snow.

The poem has many symbols. For example the poem says, “I told him that a troop of angels had been shot and dissolved when they hit the ground.” The troop of dissolved angels are meant to represent the snow on the ground because the color of angels is known to be white. Another example of a symbol used by the author is when he says, “Then we were on the roof of the lake.” The roof of the lake is meant to mean the reflection given off by the ice. Lastly, the author uses the phrase, “A room with the walls blasted to shreds and falling.” This phrase is used to describe the snow which is compared to blasted and shredded walls of a room. The author is quite creative with his writing by the use of these symbols.

Snow (David Berman, 1999)

Walking through a field with my little brother Seth

I pointed to a place where kids had made angels in the snow.
For some reason, I told him that a troop of angels
had been shot and dissolved when they hit the ground.

He asked who had shot them and I said a farmer.

Then we were on the roof of the lake.
The ice looked like a photograph of water.

Why he asked. Why did he shoot them.

I didn’t know where I was going with this.

They were on his property, I said.

When it’s snowing, the outdoors seem like a room.

Today I traded hellos with my neighbor.
Our voices hung close in the new acoustics.
A room with the walls blasted to shreds and falling.

We returned to our shoveling, working side by side in silence.

But why were they on his property, he asked.

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