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  1. The poem details the argument between the nose and the eyes by placing them in a court setting. The tongue, who is appointed as the lawyer, argues both sides without worrying about who is the true owner of the spectacles. The ear delivers the verdict in favour of the nose simply on the basis of nonsRead more

    The poem details the argument between the nose and the eyes by placing them in a court setting. The tongue, who is appointed as the lawyer, argues both sides without worrying about who is the true owner of the spectacles.

    The ear delivers the verdict in favour of the nose simply on the basis of nonsensical arguments and without considering any logic. The irony of his decision in giving the right of ownership to the nose and asking the eyes to remain shut when the nose wears them is obvious and thus effectively highlights the drawback of blind justice.

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  1. Following poetic devices have been used in the poem Nose Versus Eyes: The poem is in stanzas of four lines each, The first and third, and the second-and fourth-lines rhyme in each. Personification: An imaginary being representing a thing or abstraction. The sensory organs are personified. The eyes aRead more

    Following poetic devices have been used in the poem Nose Versus Eyes:

    1. The poem is in stanzas of four lines each, The first and third, and the second-and fourth-lines rhyme in each.
    2. Personification: An imaginary being representing a thing or abstraction. The sensory organs are personified. The eyes and nose are the parties fighting the cakes, claiming ownership of the spectacles. The tongue is the lawyer; the ear is the chief baron – The judge. The tongue is attributed with the qualities of skillful argument and learning. The tongue is also given the quality of shifting loyalties and doublespeak. That is what lawyers do. The ear is spoken of as having good judgment.
    3. Alliteration: The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. Example “Spectacles set”, “said spectacles”
    4. 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. Example “Chief Baron Ear”
    5. The figure of speech is Inversion -the word order of the sentence is changed for poetic effect, it should be ‘A strange contest arose between nose and eyes’.Example- “But what were his arguments few people know”.
    6. The poem has many words and phrases related to the legal field ‘Your lordship ‘is how the tongue addresses the ear. ‘Decreed, pleaded, arguments ‘are the few words used in the court.
    7. Hyperbole: Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally. For example, “time out of mind”
    8. 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, “As wide as the ridge”, “just like a saddle”
    9. Tautology: The unnecessary repetition of an idea, statement, or word whose meaning has already been expressed “visage or countenance”.

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