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  1. Metaphor- A metaphor directly refers to one thing by mentioning another. Example- “smiles are petals” Allusion- It is an indirect reference of a person, place, thing or idea of a historical, cultural, political or literary significance. Here, the garden in the poet’s heart is an allusion to the GardRead more

    1. Metaphor– A metaphor directly refers to one thing by mentioning another. Example- “smiles are petals”
    2. Allusion– It is an indirect reference of a person, place, thing or idea of a historical, cultural, political or literary significance. Here, the garden in the poet’s heart is an allusion to the Garden of Eden in the Bible.
    3. Symbolism– Symbolism is using symbols to signify ideas and qualities. Here, the “beauty grows/ in fits and starts” symbolises the poet’s thoughts and feelings.

     

    The Garden Within Summary

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  1. The main idea of this poem is a garden in the heart where thoughts and emotions bloom like flowers and grow like trees. The poet believes that everything that grows in this garden in the heart is beautiful and will show her the path to her soul.   The Garden Within Summary

    The main idea of this poem is a garden in the heart where thoughts and emotions bloom like flowers and grow like trees. The poet believes that everything that grows in this garden in the heart is beautiful and will show her the path to her soul.

     

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  1. The rhyme scheme of this poem is XaXa XbXb XcXc XdXd, with X standing for the lines that do not end with rhyming words.   The Garden Within Summary

    The rhyme scheme of this poem is XaXa XbXb XcXc XdXd, with X standing for the lines that do not end with rhyming words.

     

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  1. Personification– It is the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something non-human, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form. The little clock is an example of personification. Repetition– Repetition is a literary device in which a word or phrase is repeateRead more

    • Personification– It is the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something non-human, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form. The little clock is an example of personification.
    • Repetition– Repetition is a literary device in which a word or phrase is repeated for poetic effect. Example- “plain as plain”, “exercise and exercise”

    The Gymnastic Clock Summary

     

     

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  1. The main theme of this poem is clocks and exercising. The little clock and the poet’s conversation inspires us to exercise every morning.   The Gymnastic Clock Summary

    The main theme of this poem is clocks and exercising. The little clock and the poet’s conversation inspires us to exercise every morning.

     

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  1. The poet says that his childhood has gone to some forgotten place because he is unable to find that innocence and imagination in adulthood. Adults are full of hypocrisy. They have smile on their faces but hate in their hearts. The poet struggles to find the childhood but cannot find. This is why heRead more

    The poet says that his childhood has gone to some forgotten place because he is unable to find that innocence and imagination in adulthood. Adults are full of hypocrisy. They have smile on their faces but hate in their hearts.

    The poet struggles to find the childhood but cannot find. This is why he says so.

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  1. Yes, certainly the poet is nostalgic about his childhood. The line "When did my childhood go" shows that the poet is missing his childhood days. Throughout the poem, the poet is comparing and contrasting innocence of childhood and hypocrisy of adulthood. He desires to go back to his childhood. HowevRead more

    Yes, certainly the poet is nostalgic about his childhood. The line “When did my childhood go” shows that the poet is missing his childhood days. Throughout the poem, the poet is comparing and contrasting innocence of childhood and hypocrisy of adulthood. He desires to go back to his childhood. However he can’t.

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  1. Science is based on reason and logic. The concept of hell and heaven are imaginary. In his childhood, the poet used to believe in divine things. However when he grew old and read science, it totally negated this concept and hence his imaginations were also gone. The poet believes that this led him tRead more

    Science is based on reason and logic. The concept of hell and heaven are imaginary. In his childhood, the poet used to believe in divine things. However when he grew old and read science, it totally negated this concept and hence his imaginations were also gone. The poet believes that this led him to lose his childhood.

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  1. The mood of the poem seems to be melancholic because the poet is missing his childhood. He wonders where his childhood has gone. However in the end, the poet feels relieved when he finds his childhood hidden in the face of an infant. So, the mood changes to calm in the end. Play quiz on Childhood PoRead more

    The mood of the poem seems to be melancholic because the poet is missing his childhood. He wonders where his childhood has gone. However in the end, the poet feels relieved when he finds his childhood hidden in the face of an infant. So, the mood changes to calm in the end.

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