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  1. Irony: The expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite. For example, “What is this life, if full of care,” Couplet: A pair of successive lines of verse, typically rhyming and of the same length. Rhetorical Question: Asked in order to produce an effect or to makRead more

    1. Irony: The expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite. For example, “What is this life, if full of care,”
    2. Couplet: A pair of successive lines of verse, typically rhyming and of the same length.
    3. Rhetorical Question: Asked in order to produce an effect or to make a statement rather than to elicit information. For example, “We have no time to stand and stare?”
    4. Alliteration: the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. For Example, “stand and stare”, “beneath the boughs”
    5. Repetition: The action of repeating something that has already been said or written. After the first couplet, each couplet begins with the phrase “No time”
    6. 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 “And stare as long as sheep or cows”
    7. Metaphor: A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. For Example, “Streams full of stars” compared with the “skies at night”
    8. Synecdoche: A figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa. “Beauty’s glance.”
    9. Personification: The description of an object or an idea as if it had human characteristics.
    10. Epigram: A brief, interesting, memorable, and sometimes surprising or satirical statement.

    Leisure summary

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  1. ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies highlights the importance of leisure in one’s life and how the hectic modern life has alienated one from nature. In this poem, Davies talks about the significance of being close to nature. The poem begins with some examples of what one can do to exhale the stress ouRead more

    ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies highlights the importance of leisure in one’s life and how the hectic modern life has alienated one from nature. In this poem, Davies talks about the significance of being close to nature. The poem begins with some examples of what one can do to exhale the stress out of one’s body. If one only cares about the body forgetting about how beautiful and soothing nature is, it will lead that person to spiritual poverty. Moreover, the poet makes use of imagery to portray the beauty of nature. All one has to do is to “stand and stare” at the natural movements of different creatures living close to nature.

     

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    Imagery– Visual symbolism, or figurative language that inspires a mental image or other forms of sensory experiences, is referred to as imagery. His quick axe sharp and glittering- gives a visual description of the axe. Yellow chips went spinning in the air.   The axe in the wood summary

    1. Imagery– Visual symbolism, or figurative language that inspires a mental image or other forms of sensory experiences, is referred to as imagery.
    • His quick axe sharp and glittering- gives a visual description of the axe.
    • Yellow chips went spinning in the air.

     

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  1. The poem’s main point is to lay emphasis on the need of tree preservation. Although the sight of trees being cut down is pleasant, trees are a vital part of nature and that must be conserved. Ironically, the poem expresses the viewpoint.   The Axe in the wood summary

    The poem’s main point is to lay emphasis on the need of tree preservation. Although the sight of trees being cut down is pleasant, trees are a vital part of nature and that must be conserved. Ironically, the poem expresses the viewpoint.

     

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    Personification- Personification is a figure of speech in which inanimate objects, such as animals or plants, are given human attributes, resulting in a poem rich in imager. We can pull and haul and push and lift and drive We can print and plough and weave and heat and light We can run and jump andRead more

    1. Personification- Personification is a figure of speech in which inanimate objects, such as animals or plants, are given human attributes, resulting in a poem rich in imager. We can pull and haul and push and lift and drive We can print and plough and weave and heat and light We can run and jump and swim and fly and dive We can see and hear and count and read and write These words are all human qualities which have been attributed to machines.

    Machine Summary

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  1. The poem is based on the idea, that machines, while capable of amazing things, are still nothing more than human brain inventions. They can do a fantastic job, but small mistakes or poor management may have disastrous effects.   Machine Summary

    The poem is based on the idea, that machines, while capable of amazing things, are still nothing more than human brain inventions. They can do a fantastic job, but small mistakes or poor management may have disastrous effects.

     

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    The poem is focused on the idea of following through on what you preach. In essence, the poet advises parents and elders to be honest while giving advice to children.   For a five year old boy summary

    The poem is focused on the idea of following through on what you preach. In essence, the poet advises parents and elders to be honest while giving advice to children.  

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    Assonance: Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds in the same line. For example, “From my wings that shaken the dews that waken”. Alliteration: Alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds in the same line in quick succession. For example, “From the seas and the streams”. Consonance: ConsRead more

    • Assonance: Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds in the same line. For example, “From my wings that shaken the dews that waken”.
    • Alliteration: Alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds in the same line in quick succession. For example, “From the seas and the streams”.
    • Consonance: Consonance is the repetition of consonant sounds in the same line. For example, “I wield the flail of the lashing hail”.
    • Enjambment: It is a verse that does not come to an end in the same line, but continues in the next line. For example; “I bear light shade for the leaves when laid In their noonday dreams.”
    • Hyperbole: Hyperbole is a device used to exaggerate a statement for the sake of emphasis. For example, “And the nursling of the sky”.
    • Imagery: Imagery is used to make readers perceive things involving their five senses. For example, “I wield the flail of the lashing hail”.
    • Personification: Personification is to give human qualities to inanimate objects. The cloud is personified throughout the poem. For example, “I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers”, “I am the daughter of Earth and Water” and “I silently laugh at my own cenotaph.”
    • Simile: It is a device used to compare an object or a person with something else to make the meanings clear to the readers. For example, “Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb.”

    The Cloud Summary

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    Shelly imagines the cloud as a living being and ascribes individuality to her through a set of moving images. She is the daughter of earth and water and the nursling of the sky. She can speak, move and act like a human being. She brings fresh showers for the thirsty flowers. She bears light shade foRead more

    Shelly imagines the cloud as a living being and ascribes individuality to her through a set of moving images. She is the daughter of earth and water and the nursling of the sky. She can speak, move and act like a human being. She brings fresh showers for the thirsty flowers. She bears light shade for the leaves and helps the buds to bloom. The cloud is whimsical and cruel too. She lashes the earth with hailstones and whitens the green field. But this does not last long. Soon she brings torrential rain and the fields become green again. The cloud then disappears from the sky with deep roars of thunder.

     

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    Simile: It is a phrase that is a comparison between two different things and shows a common quality between them. It uses the words of comparison which include like, as, as-as, so -as, etc. For example, “Made him swim like a swimmer possessed!” Paradox: A seemingly self-contradictory phrase or conceRead more

    1. Simile: It is a phrase that is a comparison between two different things and shows a common quality between them. It uses the words of comparison which include like, as, as-as, so -as, etc. For example, “Made him swim like a swimmer possessed!”
    2. Paradox: A seemingly self-contradictory phrase or concept that illuminates truth. For example, “With others so fast, you’re sure to be last”
    3. Repetition: A repeating words, phrases, lines, or stanzas. It is used to emphasize a feeling or idea, create rhythm, and/or develop a sense of urgency. For example, “With others so fast, you’re sure to be last,”
    4. Enjambment: It is continuing a line after the line breaks. For example,

    “The thought of his toe in the claw of his foe Made him swim like a swimmer possessed!”

    Benjamin Jones Goes Swimming Summary

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