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In "52" Derek Walcott’s line, "because we serve English, like a two-headed sentry/ guarding its borders? No language is neutral" contains contains personification. Personification is the attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions, especially as a rhetorical figure. In this case, Walcott is personifying English, and giving it human characteristics by likening it to a “two-headed sentry.” A sentry is a lookout of guard. Walcott takes an abstract, inanimate concept, the English language, and gives it human qualities.
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