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Posted April 10, 2010 at 10:04 PM via web

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In"52" Derek Walcott's lines "because we serve English, like a two-headed sentry/guarding its borders? No language is neutral"contain

personification,internal rhyme, irony or caesuras.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 10, 2010 at 10:41 PM (Answer #1)

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In my opinion, there is both personification and a caesura in these lines from Walcott's poem.

I think that there is a caesura in the lines you cite.  The caesura comes when there is the question mark after borders.  At this point, there is a break that is caused by the rhythm of speaking, not by the meter of the poem.

I think you can also argue that there is personification here.  I think that the idea that English has borders is a personification because a language does not have borders.  However, you can argue this is not personification because English is being compared to a country, not a person.

So if it has to be one or the other, I'd go with caesura.

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