1. Following are the literary devices/figures of speech used in the poem A Legend of the Northland: Simile: It is a poetic device which involves the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind using "as" or "like". In this poem, we find a lot of example of simile. e.g. "the childrenRead more

    Following are the literary devices/figures of speech used in the poem A Legend of the Northland:

    1. Simile: It is a poetic device which involves the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind using “as” or “like”. In this poem, we find a lot of example of simile. e.g. “the children look like bear’s cubs”, “baked it thin as a wafer”, “you shall build as the birds do”, “Black as a coal in the flame”.
    2. Alliteration: It is the repetition of the same sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. e.g. “That they cannot sleep them through”, “To the sledges, when it snows”, “In their funny, furry clothes”, “They tell them a curious story”, “yet you may learn a lesson”, ” If I tell the tale to you” etc.
    3. Enjambment: It is the continuation of a line after the line breaks. In this poem, several sentences continue to next lines. e.g. “Once, when the good Saint Peter Lived in the world below, And walked about it, preaching, Just as he did, you know, He came to the door of a cottage, In travelling round the earth, Where a little woman was making cakes, And baking them on the hearth“.
    4.  Repetition: It is the repetition of a word or phrase of poetic effect. e.g. “Away, away in the Northland”, “And rolled and rolled it flat;”, “By boring, and boring, and boring,” etc.

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  2. According to the poet, Northland is a cold region. There the days are short and nights are long during the winter season. The people cannot sleep the whole night. In Northland, the people ride sledge tied to the group of  swift reindeer (a type of deer which runs fast) and the children look  like beRead more

    According to the poet, Northland is a cold region. There the days are short and nights are long during the winter season. The people cannot sleep the whole night. In Northland, the people ride sledge tied to the group of  swift reindeer (a type of deer which runs fast) and the children look  like bear cubs in their funny and furry clothes.

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  3. The moral of the poem A Legend of the Northland is that greed is a curse for human beings. If God has given us basic things like shelter, food and comfort, then we should take care of those people who don't have all these. We should never be stone-hearted towards the needy. In this poem, the littleRead more

    The moral of the poem A Legend of the Northland is that greed is a curse for human beings. If God has given us basic things like shelter, food and comfort, then we should take care of those people who don’t have all these. We should never be stone-hearted towards the needy.

    In this poem, the little woman refuses to give even a single piece of cake to Saint Peter because of her selfish and greedy nature. Saint Peter who is half fainted because of hunger gets provoked and curses her to become a woodpecker.

    In real life as well, a greedy person cannot live a peaceful life. Hence we should be generous and never refuse food, shelter or even help to those in need.

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  4. The poet clearly says in the beginning of the poem, "They tell them a curious story — I don’t believe ’tis true;" Hence the story is not true but it does have a moral. The last lines of the poem in which Saint Peter curses the woman are the important part. These lines show how greed can destroy ourRead more

    The poet clearly says in the beginning of the poem, “They tell them a curious story — I don’t believe ’tis true;” Hence the story is not true but it does have a moral.

    The last lines of the poem in which Saint Peter curses the woman are the important part. These lines show how greed can destroy our lives. In this poem, the little woman is very selfish and greedy. She does not want to give away her cakes and is cursed to become a woodpecker.

    In real life as well, the one who is selfish and greedy faces consequences in one way or the other.

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  5. The curse turned old lady into a woodpecker and she flew away from the chimney. Her clothes were burnt and were as black as coal. Read summary of this poem.

    The curse turned old lady into a woodpecker and she flew away from the chimney. Her clothes were burnt and were as black as coal.

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  6. Saint Peter asked for a cake as he was extremely hungry after wandering the whole day. The old lady, on the other hand was a selfish woman. She did not give any of the cakes which she had already made. Instead, she made a new one which was smaller in size. However that too turned out to be too big tRead more

    Saint Peter asked for a cake as he was extremely hungry after wandering the whole day. The old lady, on the other hand was a selfish woman. She did not give any of the cakes which she had already made.

    Instead, she made a new one which was smaller in size. However that too turned out to be too big to give away. She kept making new one, smaller than the previous one but finally refused to give any of her cakes.

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  7. These words have been repeated in the poem for poetic effect. Read summary of this poem.

    These words have been repeated in the poem for poetic effect.

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  8. The clothes of the old woman were burnt in the flames of fire and became as black as coal. Read summary of this poem.

    The clothes of the old woman were burnt in the flames of fire and became as black as coal.

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  9. Saint Peter, who was quite hungry, was provoked by the words of selfish little woman. He was enraged and cursed her to become a bird and live a struggling life. Read summary of this poem.

    Saint Peter, who was quite hungry, was provoked by the words of selfish little woman. He was enraged and cursed her to become a bird and live a struggling life.

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  10. The little woman thought that the cakes which she had baked look quite small when she eats them and too big when she gives them away. Read summary of this poem.

    The little woman thought that the cakes which she had baked look quite small when she eats them and too big when she gives them away.

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