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  1. The message of the poem When I Set Out for Lyonnesse is that we should always have hope, curiosity, perseverance and optimism for our goal. All these things make a man face all the hurdles that come in the way. Those who are hopeless and do not have curiosity or perseverance fail miserably. The poetRead more

    The message of the poem When I Set Out for Lyonnesse is that we should always have hope, curiosity, perseverance and optimism for our goal. All these things make a man face all the hurdles that come in the way. Those who are hopeless and do not have curiosity or perseverance fail miserably.

    The poet is able to complete journey only because he had hope to guide him and accompany him as he was alone.

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  1. The central idea of the poem When I Set Out for Lyonnesse is poet's journey which was difficult but turned out to be one of the most important journeys as it transformed him completely. He was in the dark when he set out for Lyonnesse. But when he came back, there was shine and magic in his eyes. HeRead more

    The central idea of the poem When I Set Out for Lyonnesse is poet’s journey which was difficult but turned out to be one of the most important journeys as it transformed him completely. He was in the dark when he set out for Lyonnesse. But when he came back, there was shine and magic in his eyes. He was totally reformed.

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  1. Rime means small white fragments of snow which form because of chilly cold (known as frost). spray means a large number of leaves and branches. So "the rime on the spray" means frost spread on the leaves and branches of trees. Read summary of this poem.

    Rime means small white fragments of snow which form because of chilly cold (known as frost). spray means a large number of leaves and branches. So “the rime on the spray” means frost spread on the leaves and branches of trees.

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  1. The moral of the poem When I Set Out for Lyonnesse is that tough journeys often lead to fruitful outcome. The poet sets out for a difficult journey. He has just hope and patience as his companions. There is chilling cold but it does not stop him from going on the journey as he is quite curious aboutRead more

    The moral of the poem When I Set Out for Lyonnesse is that tough journeys often lead to fruitful outcome. The poet sets out for a difficult journey. He has just hope and patience as his companions. There is chilling cold but it does not stop him from going on the journey as he is quite curious about it.

    In order to achieve something one must face the troubles.

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  1. Following literary/poetic devices have been used in the poem When I Set Out for Lyonnesse: Anaphora: It is the repetition of a phrase in a poem. In this poem the beginning two lines of each stanza are repeated. e.g. "When I Set Out for Lyonnesse", What would bechance at Lyonnesse", "When I returnedRead more

    Following literary/poetic devices have been used in the poem When I Set Out for Lyonnesse:

    1. Anaphora: It is the repetition of a phrase in a poem. In this poem the beginning two lines of each stanza are repeated. e.g. “When I Set Out for Lyonnesse”, What would bechance at Lyonnesse”, “When I returned from Lyonnesse” etc.
    2. Alliteration: It is the repetition of consonant sound in the line. e.g. What would”, “durst declare”, “magic in my eyes” etc.
    3. Symbolism: The poet uses various symbols in the poem e.g. starlight, which refers to twinkling stars, here symbolises hope. Similarly, magic and radiance in poet’s eyes symbolise love for Emma. Lyonnesse symbolises a place in which the poet goes from darkness and comes back enlightened.

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  1. There was chilling cold outside as it is the winter. Frost (fragments of snow) were spread on leaves and branches. Read summary of this poem.

    There was chilling cold outside as it is the winter. Frost (fragments of snow) were spread on leaves and branches.

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  1. The theme of the poem is Hope, Perseverance and Patience. The poet is on a tough and difficult journey. There is chilly cold outside. Frost is spread over the leaves and the poet is lonely. However he has hope which takes away his loneliness. This hope encourages him to move forward. In addition, heRead more

    The theme of the poem is Hope, Perseverance and Patience. The poet is on a tough and difficult journey. There is chilly cold outside. Frost is spread over the leaves and the poet is lonely. However he has hope which takes away his loneliness. This hope encourages him to move forward. In addition, he is also curious as his life is going to change after visiting Lyonnesse.

    Finally his patience and perseverance pays off. He returns back with shine in his eyes. It seems that he has achieved what he was questing for.

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  1. The title of the poem When I Set Out for Lyonnesse refers to the poet's journey to imaginary city of Lyonnesse though in actual he went to Cornwall (which is near England). There he met Emma who later became his wife. Read summary of this poem.

    The title of the poem When I Set Out for Lyonnesse refers to the poet’s journey to imaginary city of Lyonnesse though in actual he went to Cornwall (which is near England). There he met Emma who later became his wife.

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