Analysis of "Harriet and the Matches" Poem Review

An analysis of the poem "The Dreadful Story of Harriet and the Matches" by Heinrich Hoffmann.
# 146160 | 997 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 19, 2010 in Literature (Children) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper analyzes Hoffmann's cautionary tale of "Harriet and the Matches". The paper provides a stanza by stanza analysis of the poem and highlights the poem's couplet form and sing song rhythm. The paper also discusses whether the cautionary tale, which teaches the dangers of children lighting matches, is a suitable tale for children since the ending could give a child nightmares although the message is clear enough.

From the Paper:

"In order to read The Dreadful Story of Harriet and the Matches, the reader must speak German or find a translation. Using Google, the poem is easy to find. The reader only has to type, "Harriet and matches", and hit search, blurbs and links for many different websites pop up, but the reader need not look farther than the first link. Upon clicking the afore mentioned link, the reader is taken to a webpage that is part of the site, At the top of the page there is a thin banner that has the name of the website and buttons the reader can click to navigate around the site. Under the banner is a translation of the poem, The Dreadful Story of Harriet and the Matches. Above the poem, there is a picture of the original poem, written in German, with the original pictures. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hoffmann, Heinrich. "The Dreadful Story of Harriet and the Matches." Old Poetry. Social Design, INC, n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2010. <>.

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