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      Simile: A simile is a figure of speech that compares two different things in an interesting way using the word "like" or "as”. For example, “In solit’ry confinement as complete as any gaol”, “With the teacups circling round me like the planets round the sun” Metaphor: A metaphor is a figure oRead more

     

    • Simile: A simile is a figure of speech that compares two different things in an interesting way using the word “like” or “as”. For example, “In solit’ry confinement as complete as any gaol”, “With the teacups circling round me like the planets round the sun”
    • Metaphor: A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes an object or action in a way that isn’t literally true, but helps explain an idea or make a comparison. For example, “I’ll be centre of my gravity, a universe of one”
    • Anaphora: Anaphora is the repetition of words or phrases in a group of sentences, clauses, or poetic lines. For example,, “You can start the Count Down, you can take a last look;”, “You can pass me my helmet from its plastic hook;”, “You can cross out my name in the telephone book”,  “There won’t be any calendar, there won’t be any clock”, “I’ll be writing no letters; I’ll be posting no mail”
    • Ellipsis: The omission of words whose absence does not impede the reader’s ability to understand the expression. For example, “I’ll doze when I’m sleepy and wake without a knock”

    Off to the Outer Space Tomorrow Morning Summary

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  1. The poet seems happy to be heading off and leaving all the folks behind him. The poet is going to outer space the next morning. He is doubtful of his return. So, he asks his friends to have a last look at him. After the count down, he requests his friends to strike his name from the telephone book.Read more

    The poet seems happy to be heading off and leaving all the folks behind him. The poet is going to outer space the next morning. He is doubtful of his return. So, he asks his friends to have a last look at him. After the count down, he requests his friends to strike his name from the telephone book.

     

    Off to the outer space tomorrow morning Summary

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  1. Personification: The act of giving a human quality or characteristic to something which is not human. For Example,‘While the hungry sea was roaring’ Synecdoche: A figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa. For Example, ‘Not a soul would dare to sleep’. Ballad of tRead more

    • Personification: The act of giving a human quality or characteristic to something which is not human. For Example,‘While the hungry sea was roaring’
    • Synecdoche: A figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa. For Example, ‘Not a soul would dare to sleep’.

    Ballad of the Tempest Summary

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  1. The poem depicts when the characters of the play Tempest were caught in a storm while sailing. So, they gathered in a cabin. Though it was midnight no one was able to sleep because of the storm. The hungry sea roared and they sat in the darkness and prayed. The captain announces that they were lostRead more

    The poem depicts when the characters of the play Tempest were caught in a storm while sailing. So, they gathered in a cabin. Though it was midnight no one was able to sleep because of the storm. The hungry sea roared and they sat in the darkness and prayed. The captain announces that they were lost and even he gave up hope.

     

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  1. Anaphora: the repetition of words or phrases in a group of sentences, clauses, or poetic lines. For example, “Sing of the….” Simile: a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid. For example, “SaidRead more

    • Anaphora: the repetition of words or phrases in a group of sentences, clauses, or poetic lines. For example, “Sing of the….”
    • Simile: a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid. For example, “Said the Mother in indignant words”
    • Enjambment: The continuation of a sentence without a pause beyond the end of a line, couplet, or stanza. For Example, “Shall I sing”
    • Of your clear dawn with its pure gold-streaks?’”
    • Repetition: the use of the same word or phrase multiple times. Example, “‘What song shall I sing of you, my Mother?’”

    The Song of India Summary

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  1. In the poem “The Song of India,” the speaker contemplates what he should sing for his motherland, whether to praise the Himalayas, its bounty, or the season of all three sides. Or it could be about the beggars and lepers who frequent his streets or the filthy surroundings. Similarly, the debates wheRead more

    In the poem “The Song of India,” the speaker contemplates what he should sing for his motherland, whether to praise the Himalayas, its bounty, or the season of all three sides. Or it could be about the beggars and lepers who frequent his streets or the filthy surroundings. Similarly, the debates whether to sing about the country’s rich cultural legacy or the freedom warriors who risked their lives for the country.

    The Mother replies that she would sing a song about those who are suffering because of their ignorance; she would sing about the defenseless infant. Despite this, the speaker inquires as to what to sing, assuming it is his responsibility.

    He wonders if he should sing about our country’s progress once more. According to the speaker, our mother India must write our destiny’s book, erasing all of our sorrows. It should be a clear dawn tomorrow. Our nightmare should be able to depart in the middle of the night. We need to start writing about our bright future.

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  1. The happiest thing that the earth feels is that the farmers ploughing the earth, plant trees, grow fruits, flowers, children play and birds sing. The earth shares its unhappy feeling that the soldiers fight against other country soldiers. They put a fence between the nations. But they do not know thRead more

    The happiest thing that the earth feels is that the farmers ploughing the earth, plant trees, grow fruits, flowers, children play and birds sing. The earth shares its unhappy feeling that the soldiers fight against other country soldiers. They put a fence between the nations. But they do not know they are choking the earth with the smoke from the wars. The fence looks like a chain link necklace that chokes the earth. Finally, the earth asserts that men can put a fence between the countries but not around the earth planet. The poem conveys universal brotherhood.

     

    I am Land Summary

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  1. Personification: A figure of speech which is used for inanimate objects or animals/birds looking or behaving like humans. For example, “While every breeze whispered or summer and dancing leaves”. Simile: A simile is a figure of speech that makes a comparison showing similarities between two differenRead more

    1. Personification: A figure of speech which is used for inanimate objects or animals/birds looking or behaving like humans. For example, “While every breeze whispered or summer and dancing leaves”.
    2. Simile: A simile is a figure of speech that makes a comparison showing similarities between two different things by using the words “like” or “as”. For Example, “Like a brief season in hell”
    3. Alliteration: The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. For example, “She sits there in state and drinks sherry with me”.

    Grandma Climbs a Tree Summary

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  1. Ruskin Bond, in this poem, tells us how his grandmother had a passion for climbing trees from a very young age and how she could climb trees till the age of sixty-two! The only problem was that Bond’s family was scared that one day, she would fall. Once when everyone except Grandma was out of town,Read more

    Ruskin Bond, in this poem, tells us how his grandmother had a passion for climbing trees from a very young age and how she could climb trees till the age of sixty-two! The only problem was that Bond’s family was scared that one day, she would fall. Once when everyone except Grandma was out of town, the old lady climbs a tree but is unable to come down. After being ‘rescued’ as Bond puts it, the doctor advises her to rest. However, Grandma is not able to live without a tree, so she tells Bond’s father to build a treehouse. Accordingly, Bond and his father build a treehouse, and this way, Bond and his grandma spend evenings sitting in the treehouse, drinking sherry. This poem shows the unconditional love Bond has towards his family. It shows his ability to enjoy unusual events and actions.

     

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  1. Alliteration: Alliteration is when two or more words that start with the same sound are used repeatedly in a phrase or a sentence. Example- My mother’s life made me a man. Personification: Personification is a figure of speech where non-human objects are given human traits and qualities. Example- HeRead more

    • Alliteration: Alliteration is when two or more words that start with the same sound are used repeatedly in a phrase or a sentence.
      Example- My mother’s life made me a man.
    • Personification: Personification is a figure of speech where non-human objects are given human traits and qualities.
      Example- Her beauty fed my common earth.
    • Antithesis: A figure of speech in which contradicting words are used in the same sentence.
      Example- Whether I use it ill or well,
    • Apostrophe: An apostrophe is a figure of speech in which some absent or non-existent person or thing is addressed as if present and capable of understanding. Example- O grave, keep shut lest I be shamed!

    C.L.M Summary

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