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  1. This poem is written in the model of the Italian sonnet that has fourteen lines divided into the octave and sestet. The rhyme scheme is abcb defe gg hiih.   Asleep in the Valley Summary

    This poem is written in the model of the Italian sonnet that has fourteen lines divided into the octave and sestet. The rhyme scheme is abcb defe gg hiih.

     

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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. Nature is personified in this poem. Alliteration- It is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of closely connected words. ExamplRead more

    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. Nature is personified in this poem.
    2. Alliteration- It is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of closely connected words. Examples- “slow stream”, “leaves long”, “gentle, without guile”, “catch cold”, “sleeps in sunlight”
    3. Metonymy– Metonymy is a figure of speech in which a thing or concept is referred to by the name of something closely associated with that thing or concept. Example- The “two red holes” refer to the soldier’s injury and reveal to us that he is dead.

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  1. The central idea of this poem is the violence of war and all the lives it takes. The poet introduces us to a very peaceful and vividly beautiful scene where a young soldier lies asleep in a valley, only to reveal that he is actually dead. This shocks us and makes us realise the violence and bloodsheRead more

    The central idea of this poem is the violence of war and all the lives it takes. The poet introduces us to a very peaceful and vividly beautiful scene where a young soldier lies asleep in a valley, only to reveal that he is actually dead. This shocks us and makes us realise the violence and bloodshed of war, and all the young lives lost to it. This is an anti-war poem.

     

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  1. There are ample visual images used in the poem The Sower. Here are some of them: ruddy sunlight fast: It means red-coloured sunlight (during sunset time). Black and high his silhouette: the shadow of the sower is called black and high. Darkness deepens. Gone the light: The poet puts contrast betweenRead more

    There are ample visual images used in the poem The Sower. Here are some of them:

    1. ruddy sunlight fast: It means red-coloured sunlight (during sunset time).
    2. Black and high his silhouette: the shadow of the sower is called black and high.
    3. Darkness deepens. Gone the light: The poet puts contrast between day and night by saying that when light(sunlight goes away), the darkness deepens i.e. it gets darker.
    4. height seems to touch the starry skies: here the poet visualises the long and dark shadow of the sower which keeps growing.

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  1. Twilight means dusk (the time before evening when the sunlight begins to dim. This phrase refers to that time. The poet says that when twilight (dusk time), hastens on i.e. starts coming to rule i.e. to bring night. Play Quiz on The Sower Poem Read Summary of The Sower

    Twilight means dusk (the time before evening when the sunlight begins to dim. This phrase refers to that time. The poet says that when twilight (dusk time), hastens on i.e. starts coming to rule i.e. to bring night.

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  1. In the line "but a sower lingers still", alliteration is used. Alliteration is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. Play Quiz on The Sower Poem Read Summary of The Sower

    In the line “but a sower lingers still“, alliteration is used. Alliteration is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

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  1. In the line "seems to touch the starry skies", two poetic devices are used. First is alliteration and the other is hyperbole. Alliteration is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. Hyperbole uses extreme exaggeration to make a point or show emphasisRead more

    In the line “seems to touch the starry skies“, two poetic devices are used. First is alliteration and the other is hyperbole.

    Alliteration is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. Hyperbole uses extreme exaggeration to make a point or show emphasis.

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