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  1. 'An August Midnight' is divided into two stanzas, each of which has six lines. The poem has two different rhyme schemes in the first and second stanzas: ABABCC in the first and AABBCC in the second. Hardy offers a unique and engaging rhythm that is characterized by change rather than consistency.Read more

    ‘An August Midnight’ is divided into two stanzas, each of which has six lines. The poem has two different rhyme schemes in the first and second stanzas: ABABCC in the first and AABBCC in the second. Hardy offers a unique and engaging rhythm that is characterized by change rather than consistency.

     

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  1. Imagery- Imagery is figurative language or visual symbolism that evokes a mental image or other sorts of sensory perceptions. A shaded lamp and a waving blind, And the beat of a clock from a distant floor A sleepy fly, that rubs its hands   Anastrophe/ Inversion- A literary device in which theRead more

    • Imagery- Imagery is figurative language or visual symbolism that evokes a mental image or other sorts of sensory perceptions.
    1. A shaded lamp and a waving blind,
    2. And the beat of a clock from a distant floor
    3. A sleepy fly, that rubs its hands

     

    • Anastrophe/ Inversion- A literary device in which the regular sequence of words is reversed to achieve a certain emphasis or meter impact.
    1. They know Earth-secrets that know not I.

     

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  1. The connotation and purpose of existence are central features in 'An August Midnight.' To depict a vivid recollection with a message, thorough details are used to create a sense of the past. The speaker is well aware of his surroundings and gives an observant perspective on the events that are beingRead more

    The connotation and purpose of existence are central features in ‘An August Midnight.’ To depict a vivid recollection with a message, thorough details are used to create a sense of the past. The speaker is well aware of his surroundings and gives an observant perspective on the events that are being recounted.

     

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    In the poem, the poet sets up a gloomy and dejected ambience at the beginning. He bemoans the dying century and that is reflected through his description of the bleak winter. Amidst all this, he suddenly hears the voice of a bird. It is an “aged thrush, frail, gaunt and small.” That little bird is sRead more

    In the poem, the poet sets up a gloomy and dejected ambience at the beginning. He bemoans the dying century and that is reflected through his description of the bleak winter. Amidst all this, he suddenly hears the voice of a bird. It is an “aged thrush, frail, gaunt and small.” That little bird is singing a “full-hearted evensong of joy illimited.” The poet is surprised to see a small bird singing amidst all this desolation. The bird seems to be aware of some blessed hope which the poet is yet to discover. The bird’s song depicts the fact that Hope can be found even in the most desolate times. One should have an optimistic approach towards life. If a bird can sing its heart out, the poet believes everyone to be capable of finding hope and joy.

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    It is a transitional poem as it bridges the 19th and the 20th centuries together. The poem marks the end of a year, the end of a century and looking ahead for the next century with both skepticism and hope. The poem connects both centuries together by bringing hope amidst all despair. It transitionsRead more

    It is a transitional poem as it bridges the 19th and the 20th centuries together. The poem marks the end of a year, the end of a century and looking ahead for the next century with both skepticism and hope. The poem connects both centuries together by bringing hope amidst all despair. It transitions from one century to another just like it changes gril despair to hope.

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    The word “dregs” means the last of something. So over here “Winter’s dregs” means, the desolate end of winter, like a bleak “weakening eye of the day.” Read summary of The Darkling Thrush

    The word “dregs” means the last of something. So over here “Winter’s dregs” means, the desolate end of winter, like a bleak “weakening eye of the day.”

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