In The Great Scarf of Birds, John Updike uses organization, diction, and figurative language to describe the authors thoughts in a unique way.
The organization helps the reader understand the unique set up of the poem and the reasoning behind it. Next, the diction in the poem shows significance of the event to the narrator. Lastly, the figurative language helps show imagery and emotion to allow the reader that helps emphasize the importance of the event.
The Great Scarf of Birds is a narrative poem that was written in first person. The way John Updike organizes the poem is unique and inconsistent. Some of the stanzas are only two to three lines long while other stanzas are between six and eleven lines long. You can look at the three stanzas in the poem that are only two lines long and say that they help divide the poem into three different sections.
The three different sections kind of make the poem have a beginning, middle and end. In the beginning, the narrator describes nature in a wonderful way. “The maples were colored like apples, part orange and red, part green.” (4-6) This is one example the narrator uses to describe nature. In lines 14-24, the narrator describes the flock of bird and how mesmerizing and graceful they looked. These both show how amazed he was with nature. In the next section, the narrator starts to become less impressed with the flock of birds.
“Come nearer, it became less marvelous, more legible, and merely huge.” (25-26) These first two lines of the second section describe his new look at the flock of birds. In the very beginning of the poem, he talks so highly of nature and the birds but then in this section his amazement starts to lessen. In the last section, one bird flies off which then leads the rest of the flock to follow.
“The flock ascended as a lady’s scarf.” (45) This quote from the poem is a simile that compares the flock that is moving away to a scarf being tossed aside.