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    Metaphor: It is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. The major idea or statement of the poem is expressed in the title, which is an elaborate metaphor. Donne is referring to islands, which are little parcels of land tRead more

    1. Metaphor: It is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. The major idea or statement of the poem is expressed in the title, which is an elaborate metaphor. Donne is referring to islands, which are little parcels of land that are isolated from the continent and encircled by water. They are independent beings. Donne is implying that people cannot exist in solitude. Nobody is able to live completely independently, without some kind of social network.
    2. Alliteration: A sound device known as alliteration repeated consonant sounds (usually at the beginning of a word). The phrase “death diminishes” contains an alliterative phrase (line 10). The difficult / d / sounds are intended to make us reflect on how abrupt, final, and terrifying death is. The poet utilizes these harsh noises in order to convey to us how dreadful losing another person is.

     

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  1. This is a brief poem that explores philosophical ideas on life's purpose. It suggests a guideline for living: recognize that because we are all human, we are all related.   No Man Is An Island Summary

    This is a brief poem that explores philosophical ideas on life’s purpose. It suggests a guideline for living: recognize that because we are all human, we are all related.

     

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  1. It is a fourteen-line sonnet that deviates from the Petrarchan or Shakespearean sonnet formats. The rhyme pattern is sporadic, but there are a few end rhymes that stand out, including "sea," "me," and "thee." Donne also declined to follow a certain metrical pattern. The sonnet has unusually variableRead more

    It is a fourteen-line sonnet that deviates from the Petrarchan or Shakespearean sonnet formats. The rhyme pattern is sporadic, but there are a few end rhymes that stand out, including “sea,” “me,” and “thee.” Donne also declined to follow a certain metrical pattern. The sonnet has unusually variable line lengths for a sonnet.

     

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  1. Donne actually means "human" when he says "man." The poem emphasizes how every individual is a part of a much larger group. When Donne claims that one death affects us all, he brings our attention to his conception of community. We should be concerned about everyone, not just ourselves. Donne wantsRead more

    Donne actually means “human” when he says “man.” The poem emphasizes how every individual is a part of a much larger group. When Donne claims that one death affects us all, he brings our attention to his conception of community. We should be concerned about everyone, not just ourselves. Donne wants us to realize that everyone has the same aspirations and concerns. We can relate to each other because we are living through one another’s experiences.

     

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    Alliteration: It is the repetition of the same sound at the start of a series of words in succession whose purpose is to provide an audible pulse that gives a piece of writing a lulling, lyrical, and/or emotive effect. For example, "be'st born" Hyperbole: A figure of speech composed of a striking exRead more

    1. Alliteration: It is the repetition of the same sound at the start of a series of words in succession whose purpose is to provide an audible pulse that gives a piece of writing a lulling, lyrical, and/or emotive effect. For example, “be’st born”
    2. Hyperbole: A figure of speech composed of a striking exaggeration. For example, “Go and catch a falling star” Donne exaggerates the impossibility of catching a star and compares it to his belief that its impossible to find a perfect woman

     

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  1. Go and catch a falling star appears to support the patriarchal view that all women (or all attractive women, to make it worse) are unfaithful and shouldn't be trusted, despite the poem's songlike nature and light-hearted tone. However, Donne's progression toward this conclusion is seductive.  Read more

    Go and catch a falling star appears to support the patriarchal view that all women (or all attractive women, to make it worse) are unfaithful and shouldn’t be trusted, despite the poem’s songlike nature and light-hearted tone. However, Donne’s progression toward this conclusion is seductive.

     

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  1. The lines follow a consistent rhyme scheme, conforming to the pattern of ABABCCDDD.   Song: Go and catch a falling star Summary

    The lines follow a consistent rhyme scheme, conforming to the pattern of ABABCCDDD.

     

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