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  1. This poem has a myriad of poetic devices, some of which are as follows: Syncope: Letters have been omitted in words in order to maintain the rhythm of the poem. An example would be: answer'd 2. Simile: “… let thy voice Rise like a fountain for me night and day.” In this line, Sir Bedivere’s voice isRead more

    This poem has a myriad of poetic devices, some of which are as follows:

    1. Syncope:

    Letters have been omitted in words in order to maintain the rhythm of the poem. An example would be: answer’d

    2. Simile:

    “… let thy voice

    Rise like a fountain for me night and day.”

    In this line, Sir Bedivere’s voice is compared to that of a fountain with the usage of the word ‘like’.

     

    3. Metaphor:

     

    “For what are men better than sheep or goats

    That nourish a blind life within the brain,

    If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer

    Both for themselves and those who call them friend?”

     

    Here, Arthur compares those men who do not pray to sheep and goats, that is, mere animals.

     

    From the Passing of Arthur Summary

     

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  1. The central idea of the poem is change, how change is the only constant thing in life. This is interwoven with spirituality. The poem thus states that a person should both be devout and welcome change in life no matter the circumstance.   From the Passing of Arthur Summary

    The central idea of the poem is change, how change is the only constant thing in life. This is interwoven with spirituality. The poem thus states that a person should both be devout and welcome change in life no matter the circumstance.

     

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  1. Personification– Personification is a figure of speech in which an idea or thing is given human attributes and/or feelings or is spoken of as if it were human. The brook is personified as a person in this poem. Repetition- It is the repetition of a word or a phrase in the poem for poetic effect. ExaRead more

    • Personification– Personification is a figure of speech in which an idea or thing is given human attributes and/or feelings or is spoken of as if it were human. The brook is personified as a person in this poem.
    • Repetition- It is the repetition of a word or a phrase in the poem for poetic effect. Examples- “To join the brimming river, / For men may come and men may go, / But I go on for ever”, “And here and there”
    • Alliteration- It is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of closely connected words. Examples- “suddensally”, “hills I hurry”, “twenty thorpes”, “half a hundred”, “men may”, “field and fallow”, “fairy foreland”, “With willow-weed”, “foamy flake”, “golden gravel”, “skimming swallows”, “sandy shallows”
    • Imagery– Imagery refers to the elements of a poem that engage a reader’s senses. The poet uses imagery throughout the poem to describe the places that the brook flows through and the things it sees.
    • Enjambment– It is the continuation of a sentence to multiple lines. Many of the sentences in this poem span multiple lines and are therefore of this nature.
    • Onomatopoeia– It is the use of sounds for literary effect. Examples- “I chatter over stony ways, / In little sharps and trebles, / I bubble into eddying bays, / I babble on the pebbles”, “I chatter, chatter, as I flow”, “I murmur under moon and stars”

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  1. The main theme of the poem is the beauty and power of nature. We realise the beauty of nature when the brook describes the beautiful sights it sees. The amazing journey it makes to finally join the river shows us its power. The poem also touches on the mortality of man versus the eternity of nature.Read more

    The main theme of the poem is the beauty and power of nature. We realise the beauty of nature when the brook describes the beautiful sights it sees. The amazing journey it makes to finally join the river shows us its power. The poem also touches on the mortality of man versus the eternity of nature. While men will live and die, the brook will go on forever.

     

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    Repetition- It is the repetition of a word or a phrase in the poem for poetic effect. The phrase “tell me” is an example of repetition in this poem. Alliteration- It is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of closely connected words. Examples- “‘AnAutumn evening”, “With a wind” MetaphorRead more

    1. Repetition- It is the repetition of a word or a phrase in the poem for poetic effect. The phrase “tell me” is an example of repetition in this poem.
    2. Alliteration- It is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of closely connected words. Examples- “‘AnAutumn evening”, “With a wind”
    3. Metaphor- A metaphor directly refers to one thing by mentioning another. In this poem, the autumn evening with the mournful wind is a metaphor for nostalgia, the young bird preparing for flight is a metaphor for heading towards the future, and the infinite sea is a metaphor for the endless possibilities that the future holds.
    4. Imagery– Imagery refers to the elements of a poem that engage a reader’s senses. Examples- “An Autumn evening soft and mild”, “A green and flowery spray”, “A sea beneath a cloudless sun;/ A mighty, glorious, dazzling sea”

    Past, Present, Future Summary

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    As the title suggests, the main themes of this poem are the past, the present and the future. The poet uses a small child’s perspective and simple images to convey what these time periods truly mean to human beings. People are nostalgic for the past, happy in the present, and eager for the endless oRead more

    As the title suggests, the main themes of this poem are the past, the present and the future. The poet uses a small child’s perspective and simple images to convey what these time periods truly mean to human beings. People are nostalgic for the past, happy in the present, and eager for the endless opportunities that the future holds.  

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  1. Making Life Worthwhile is a beautiful and inspiring poem that revolves around the themes of learning virtues and facing problems boldly. Making Life Worthwhile Summary

    Making Life Worthwhile is a beautiful and inspiring poem that revolves around the themes of learning virtues and facing problems boldly.

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  1. Repetition: Repetition is a literary device that repeats the same words or phrases a few times to make an idea clearer and more memorable. It is used to emphasize a feeling or idea, create rhythm, and bring attention to an idea. Example- One aspiration yet unfelt; One bit of courage. Making Life WorRead more

    Repetition: Repetition is a literary device that repeats the same words or phrases a few times to make an idea clearer and more memorable. It is used to emphasize a feeling or idea, create rhythm, and bring attention to an idea.

    Example- One aspiration yet unfelt; One bit of courage.

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