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  1. This poem has a myriad of poetic devices, some of which are as follows: Syncope: Letters have been omitted in words in order to maintain the rhythm of the poem. An example would be: answer'd 2. Simile: “… let thy voice Rise like a fountain for me night and day.” In this line, Sir Bedivere’s voice isRead more

    This poem has a myriad of poetic devices, some of which are as follows:

    1. Syncope:

    Letters have been omitted in words in order to maintain the rhythm of the poem. An example would be: answer’d

    2. Simile:

    “… let thy voice

    Rise like a fountain for me night and day.”

    In this line, Sir Bedivere’s voice is compared to that of a fountain with the usage of the word ‘like’.

     

    3. Metaphor:

     

    “For what are men better than sheep or goats

    That nourish a blind life within the brain,

    If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer

    Both for themselves and those who call them friend?”

     

    Here, Arthur compares those men who do not pray to sheep and goats, that is, mere animals.

     

    From the Passing of Arthur Summary

     

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  1. The central idea of the poem is change, how change is the only constant thing in life. This is interwoven with spirituality. The poem thus states that a person should both be devout and welcome change in life no matter the circumstance.   From the Passing of Arthur Summary

    The central idea of the poem is change, how change is the only constant thing in life. This is interwoven with spirituality. The poem thus states that a person should both be devout and welcome change in life no matter the circumstance.

     

    From the Passing of Arthur Summary

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  1. Personification– Personification is a figure of speech in which an idea or thing is given human attributes and/or feelings or is spoken of as if it were human. The brook is personified as a person in this poem. Repetition- It is the repetition of a word or a phrase in the poem for poetic effect. ExaRead more

    • Personification– Personification is a figure of speech in which an idea or thing is given human attributes and/or feelings or is spoken of as if it were human. The brook is personified as a person in this poem.
    • Repetition- It is the repetition of a word or a phrase in the poem for poetic effect. Examples- “To join the brimming river, / For men may come and men may go, / But I go on for ever”, “And here and there”
    • Alliteration- It is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of closely connected words. Examples- “suddensally”, “hills I hurry”, “twenty thorpes”, “half a hundred”, “men may”, “field and fallow”, “fairy foreland”, “With willow-weed”, “foamy flake”, “golden gravel”, “skimming swallows”, “sandy shallows”
    • Imagery– Imagery refers to the elements of a poem that engage a reader’s senses. The poet uses imagery throughout the poem to describe the places that the brook flows through and the things it sees.
    • Enjambment– It is the continuation of a sentence to multiple lines. Many of the sentences in this poem span multiple lines and are therefore of this nature.
    • Onomatopoeia– It is the use of sounds for literary effect. Examples- “I chatter over stony ways, / In little sharps and trebles, / I bubble into eddying bays, / I babble on the pebbles”, “I chatter, chatter, as I flow”, “I murmur under moon and stars”

    The Brook Summary

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  1. The main theme of the poem is the beauty and power of nature. We realise the beauty of nature when the brook describes the beautiful sights it sees. The amazing journey it makes to finally join the river shows us its power. The poem also touches on the mortality of man versus the eternity of nature.Read more

    The main theme of the poem is the beauty and power of nature. We realise the beauty of nature when the brook describes the beautiful sights it sees. The amazing journey it makes to finally join the river shows us its power. The poem also touches on the mortality of man versus the eternity of nature. While men will live and die, the brook will go on forever.

     

    The Brook summary

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  1. The Charge of the Light Brigade was written by Alfred Lord Tennyson in the praise of English soldiers who took part in Crimean War (1853-1855). The poem is full of passionate words and lot of praise of those who fought with courage and without fearing from death against the enemies. The poem is patrRead more

    The Charge of the Light Brigade was written by Alfred Lord Tennyson in the praise of English soldiers who took part in Crimean War (1853-1855). The poem is full of passionate words and lot of praise of those who fought with courage and without fearing from death against the enemies.

    The poem is patriotic in nature and makes the reader proud of his/her country and also raises respect for the brave soldiers on our hearts.

    Read summary of this poem.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” describes a battle between the English and the Russian army during the Crimean War. The British Army or the Brigade were mistakenly ordered to attack the enemies. The former had only swords while the latter were laid with War Cannons and Guns. Despite knowiRead more

    The poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” describes a battle between the English and the Russian army during the Crimean War. The British Army or the Brigade were mistakenly ordered to attack the enemies. The former had only swords while the latter were laid with War Cannons and Guns.

    Despite knowing that they were going into the mouth of death, the Light Brigade marched towards the enemies. Many of them died and only few of them remained alive and returned back. The poem celebrates the patriotic sacrifice made by the soldiers for their country.

    Read the complete summary of the poem here.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    In simple words, hyperbole is an exaggerated statement usually given in a poem for effect. e.g. I saw ten thousand at a glance. The poet cannot count the flowers and makes a guess that he saw ten thousand at a single sight.

    In simple words, hyperbole is an exaggerated statement usually given in a poem for effect. e.g. I saw ten thousand at a glance. The poet cannot count the flowers and makes a guess that he saw ten thousand at a single sight.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The title of this poem written by Alfred Lord Tennyson is “The Charge of the Light Brigade“. The word Charge here in the poem means attack done by the British Army on the Russian Army. As described in this section, the word Brigade means a battalion or unit of the army. Here it is the army of 600 BrRead more

    The title of this poem written by Alfred Lord Tennyson is “The Charge of the Light Brigade“. The word Charge here in the poem means attack done by the British Army on the Russian Army. As described in this section, the word Brigade means a battalion or unit of the army.

    Here it is the army of 600 British Soldiers. Finally, the word Light has been used for the British soldiers to depict that they had swords which are quite a light and traditional weapon as compared to the powerful and dangerous weapons like guns and cannons which Russian army had.

    Thus the title of this poem symbolises the brave expedition of the British Army which was armed with swords, against the Russian Army which had dangerous weapons. Hence it is written in the praise he those brave British soldiers.

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