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  1. Tautology- use of different words to state the same thing. In wondrous merry mood- Here, the words wondrous and merry mean the same thing. And saw him peep within- The words saw and peep means the same thing. Repetition- Words or phrases are repeated for poetic effect. They were so queer, so very quRead more

    • Tautology– use of different words to state the same thing. In wondrous merry mood- Here, the words wondrous and merry mean the same thing. And saw him peep within- The words saw and peep means the same thing.
    • Repetition– Words or phrases are repeated for poetic effect. They were so queer, so very queer- Here, The word ‘queer’ is repeated two times for poetic effect.
    • Inversion– The normal order of words is reversed, in order to achieve a particular effect of emphasis or meter. A sober man am I- Use of inversion for emphasis.
    • Alliteration– Use of the same sound at the start of two words which are close in series. The grin grew broad- The sound of  ‘g’ is repeated twice for poetic effect.
    • Hyperbole– A literary device used as exaggeration for a poetic effect. And shot from ear to ear- The wideness of the grin is exaggerated to show that servant found the poem to funny.
    • Onomatopoeia– A word that describes a sound. He broke into a roar- the word roar denotes the sound of laughter.
    • Transferred Epithet– A literary device that describes a person, place or object by accompanying it with an adjective. Ten days and nights with sleepless eye- the eye has not been said to be sleepless. The adjective or the modifier ‘sleepless’ describes the type of eye the speaker has been experiencing.

    The Height of the Ridiculous Summary

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  1. The poem ‘The Height of Ridiculous’ is based on the poet’s joyful mood, which demonstrates his glee. He enjoyed the poem’s phrases that made him laugh out loud.  The central idea of the poem is the poet’s laugh, which he shares because of some of his work that made him grin, laugh, or even smile.Read more

    The poem ‘The Height of Ridiculous’ is based on the poet’s joyful mood, which demonstrates his glee. He enjoyed the poem’s phrases that made him laugh out loud.  The central idea of the poem is the poet’s laugh, which he shares because of some of his work that made him grin, laugh, or even smile.

     

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  1. Alliteration: Use of consonant sound at the start of two words which are close in series  Eg.  Sleep full of sweet dreams, the sound of ‘s’ is repeated, Metaphor: Compares one kind of thing to another kind of thing. Eg, A bower quiet for us (calmness of the bower is compared to the calming effect ofRead more

    • Alliteration: Use of consonant sound at the start of two words which are close in series  Eg.  Sleep full of sweet dreams, the sound of ‘s’ is repeated,
    • Metaphor: Compares one kind of thing to another kind of thing. Eg, A bower quiet for us (calmness of the bower is compared to the calming effect of a beautiful thing)
    • Anaphora: Use of same word in two consecutive lines. Anaphora serves the purpose of delivering an artistic effect to a passage. Eg. Of noble natures- Of all the unhealthy
    • Imagery: creating a sensory effect of beautiful things lined up in a string.  Eg. A flowery band to bind us,
    • Inversion: The normal order of words is reversed. Eg. ( Are we wreathing a flowery band)
    • Antithesis: opposite words placed together. Eg. Old and young

    A Thing of Beauty is Joy Forever summary

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  1. Beauty, according to the poet, is impermanent and provides us with the same pleasure over and over again. It brings us lifelong happiness and never fades. In this sad, prosaic world, beauty plays an integral part in our lives, helping us in remaining happy and joyous.   A Thing of Beauty is JoyRead more

    Beauty, according to the poet, is impermanent and provides us with the same pleasure over and over again. It brings us lifelong happiness and never fades. In this sad, prosaic world, beauty plays an integral part in our lives, helping us in remaining happy and joyous.

     

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  1. Alliteration- Use of consonant sound at the start of two words which are close in series Worthless without it. The sound of ‘w’ is repeated. Strength and sagacity. The sound of ‘s’ is repeated. Body or brain. The sound of ‘b’ is repeated. Besiege and beset it. The sound of ‘b’ is repeated. AntithesiRead more

    • Alliteration- Use of consonant sound at the start of two words which are close in series Worthless without it. The sound of ‘w’ is repeated. Strength and sagacity. The sound of ‘s’ is repeated. Body or brain. The sound of ‘b’ is repeated. Besiege and beset it. The sound of ‘b’ is repeated.
    • Antithesis- Contrasting or combining two terms. Work day and night. The words ‘day’ and ‘night’ suggest two different ideas.
    • Climax– It is a figure of speech in which successive words or sentences are arranged in ascending order of importance. Give up your time your peace and your sleep– a set of successive words capacity, strength and sagacity, faith, hope and confidence and stern for tenacity, poverty, famish or gout
    • Repetition-If you gladly sweat for, fret for and plan for it and lose all your terror of the opposition for it- the word ‘for’ is repeated, or sickness or pain- the word ‘or’ is repeated.
    • Tautology- It is the use of different words to say the same thing twice in the same statement. Worthless and useless- two different words with the same meaning. poverty, famish or gout, dogged and grim

    Will to Win summary

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  1. The central idea of the poem revolves around the achievement of success. Success, according to the poet, is the result of perseverance, constant pursuit of one’s objective, and unshakable determination. To succeed, one has toil without giving up and rely on the blessings of God.   Will to win sRead more

    The central idea of the poem revolves around the achievement of success. Success, according to the poet, is the result of perseverance, constant pursuit of one’s objective, and unshakable determination. To succeed, one has toil without giving up and rely on the blessings of God.

     

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  1. The beauty of the poem is enhanced by using figures of speech such as Alliteration,Antithesis,Climax, Paradox, Personification, Repetition, Synecdoche, Tautology, Hyperbole, Inversion and Metaphor. There is also a repetition of initial words in few stanzas, eg: In stanza 2: line 2 and 3- when and thRead more

    The beauty of the poem is enhanced by using figures of speech such as Alliteration,Antithesis,Climax, Paradox, Personification, Repetition, Synecdoche, Tautology, Hyperbole, Inversion and Metaphor. There is also a repetition of initial words in few stanzas, eg: In stanza 2: line 2 and 3- when and then, stanza 3: line 3 and 5- so and bestow. Herbert uses a theological (the study of the nature of God and religious belief) concept throughout this poem. This strategy is similar to a metaphor, but it is far more sophisticated. In this poem, Herbert utilises a pulley to depict humanity’s connection with God/religion.

     

    Pulley summary

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  1. The poem’s central message is that, while God has bestowed numerous blessings onto humans, we still tend to be materialistic and forsake God, who constantly pulls us towards him. This poem, written from the perspective of God, conveys the message that we are all subject to God’s will, and that all tRead more

    The poem’s central message is that, while God has bestowed numerous blessings onto humans, we still tend to be materialistic and forsake God, who constantly pulls us towards him. This poem, written from the perspective of God, conveys the message that we are all subject to God’s will, and that all the wealth in the world would not be enough to compensate for the comfort and consolation we seek in him.

    Pulley summary

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  1. Walt Whitman’s ‘Animals’ uses a number of literary devices. The first line starts with a paradox. Following that, the poet employs personification to portray animals with human attributes. The usage of a repetition at the start of consecutive lines is done for emphasis. The word “sick” has been usedRead more

    Walt Whitman’s ‘Animals’ uses a number of literary devices. The first line starts with a paradox. Following that, the poet employs personification to portray animals with human attributes. The usage of a repetition at the start of consecutive lines is done for emphasis. The word “sick” has been used as a metaphor.

    Animals Summary

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  1. Walt Whitman, the poet, compares the feeling of being with animals and humans and admits that he feels more at ease and at home with animals than with his fellow humans. Humans have gone insane in their pursuit of material goods. They’re a jumble of complexities. They have nightmares and mourn for tRead more

    Walt Whitman, the poet, compares the feeling of being with animals and humans and admits that he feels more at ease and at home with animals than with his fellow humans. Humans have gone insane in their pursuit of material goods. They’re a jumble of complexities. They have nightmares and mourn for their sins because their conscience is impure. Animals, on the other hand, are satisfied, tranquil, and self-contained. They aren’t motivated by anything other than their meals. They don’t need to worship God since they never feel guilty or sinful. In the distant past, our ancestors exchanged those signs of love and understanding. Unfortunately, mankind has permanently lost those values and signs of love and compassion.

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