1. Lucifer

    Lucifer

    • better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven
    Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Following literary devices/figures of speech have been used in the poem Keeping Quiet: Alliteration: It is the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words. e.g. "we will count", "sudden strangeness", "stop for one second", "his hurt hands", "clean clothes". Repetition: It is the repetitRead more

    Following literary devices/figures of speech have been used in the poem Keeping Quiet:

    1. Alliteration: It is the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words. e.g. we will count”, “sudden strangeness”, “stop for one second”, “his hurt hands”, “clean clothes”.
    2. Repetition: It is the repetition of phrases in the poem for poetic effect. e.g. “without rush, without engines“.
    3. Symbolism: The poet uses various symbols in the poem. e.g. “Brothers” symbolise mankind, “green wars” refer to deforestation, “wars with gas” refers to pollution, “clean clothes” symbolise change of perspective, “shade” symbolises protection etc.
    4. Antithesis: It is  the juxtaposition of opposing or contrasting ideas. e.g. “count to twelve and we will all keep still”. Here counting and keeping still are contrasting activities and are put together.
    5. Personification: it is the attribution of human characteristics to non-human things and animals. e.g. “Earth can teach us as when everything“.
    6. Metaphor: It is used to make a comparison between two things that aren’t alike but do have something in common. e.g. “shade” refers to protection.
    7. Enjambment: It is the continuation of a sentence to the next line/stanza. In the poem, many sentences continue to multiple lines. e.g. “Now we will count to twelve
      and we will all keep still.”, “For once on the face of the Earth let’s not speak in any language, let’s stop for one second, and not move our arms so much.” etc.

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  2. Lucifer

    Lucifer

    • better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven
    Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    12 holds a significant position in the poem Keeping Quiet. It has many symbolic meanings e.g. It represents the hands of clock which represent our day-to-day life. It represents the 12 months of a year. It also represents some moments in which we will shun all our activities. Play quiz on Keeping QuRead more

    12 holds a significant position in the poem Keeping Quiet. It has many symbolic meanings e.g.

    • It represents the hands of clock which represent our day-to-day life.
    • It represents the 12 months of a year.
    • It also represents some moments in which we will shun all our activities.

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    Lucifer

    • better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven
    Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    When we will count unto twelve and keep still and silence, we will shun all the work which we are doing. Instead, we will introspect ourselves and recognise our actions against earth and humanity. There will be a sense of togetherness as we all will be speaking the universally understood language (sRead more

    When we will count unto twelve and keep still and silence, we will shun all the work which we are doing. Instead, we will introspect ourselves and recognise our actions against earth and humanity. There will be a sense of togetherness as we all will be speaking the universally understood language (silence). There will be unity, fraternity and peace. The world will be a better place to live in.

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    Lucifer

    • better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven
    Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Sadness is caused by our greed and selfish motives. When there will be huge silence, we will be able to introspect ourselves and our actions. We will be able to understand how we are destroying our environment, killing our brothers, animals and even hurting ourselves for worldly pleasures. We will tRead more

    Sadness is caused by our greed and selfish motives. When there will be huge silence, we will be able to introspect ourselves and our actions. We will be able to understand how we are destroying our environment, killing our brothers, animals and even hurting ourselves for worldly pleasures. We will then find a change of attitude in our lives.

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    Lucifer

    • better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven
    Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The phrase "not move our arms" means cessation (stopping) of all activities which we are currently doing. Play quiz on Keeping Quiet Summary of Keeping Quiet

    The phrase “not move our arms” means cessation (stopping) of all activities which we are currently doing.

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  6. Lucifer

    Lucifer

    • better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven
    Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Keeping quiet can have a positive effect on our life and attitude. Silence will be our universal language which is understood by all. By keeping quiet, we will be able to introspect ourselves and our action. We will leave destroying forests, polluting environment, killing animals, waging wars and huRead more

    Keeping quiet can have a positive effect on our life and attitude. Silence will be our universal language which is understood by all. By keeping quiet, we will be able to introspect ourselves and our action. We will leave destroying forests, polluting environment, killing animals, waging wars and hurting ourselves. We will start loving each other and thus build a better world.

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    Lucifer

    • better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven
    Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Speaking causes barriers because we speak different languages. This way, we never unite. But when we won't speak and remain silent instead, there will be no barrier and we will be united which will make us love each other. Play quiz on Keeping Quiet Summary of Keeping Quiet

    Speaking causes barriers because we speak different languages. This way, we never unite. But when we won’t speak and remain silent instead, there will be no barrier and we will be united which will make us love each other.

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    Lucifer

    • better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven
    Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The poem Keeping Quiet has no rhyme scheme. It is written in open verse. Play quiz on Keeping Quiet Summary of Keeping Quiet

    The poem Keeping Quiet has no rhyme scheme. It is written in open verse.

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    Lucifer

    • better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven
    Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Keeping quiet means to leave all our work and instead remain still and keep silence so that we may be able to introspect ourselves and our actions. Play quiz on Keeping Quiet Summary of Keeping Quiet

    Keeping quiet means to leave all our work and instead remain still and keep silence so that we may be able to introspect ourselves and our actions.

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    Lucifer

    • better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven
    Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The poem Keeping Quiet was written in 1950 and published in 1974. Play quiz on Keeping Quiet Summary of Keeping Quiet

    The poem Keeping Quiet was written in 1950 and published in 1974.

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