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Our teacher asked comment in detail on the use of similes and imageries in the "Ode To...

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oshanyalinda | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 10, 2011 at 9:35 PM via web

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Our teacher asked comment in detail on the use of similes and imageries in the "Ode To A Skylark" by P.B Shelley.So I need your help to answer it.

What i want to know is what is the meaning of in detail and how do these similies and imageries contribute to the poem?

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 11, 2011 at 5:11 AM (Answer #1)

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“In detail” means a long discussion dealing with line-by-line figures of speech.  If you said “Lines 36 to 55 are a series of similes,” the teacher would not be happy.  If you simply said “The entire poem is a metaphor comparing a skylark to a poet,” you wouldn’t be any further along.  But is you said: The poet hears a skylark sing in the distance
”in profuse strains of unpremeditated art” and wishes that his poetry could fly “higher still and higher” and be “unpremeditated,” that is “spontaneous” and capable of “harmonious madness,” and if you quoted lines 36-40 as a simile that encapsulates the main theme of the ode, you would be on the right track.  Fleshing out this assignment should be lots of fun.  

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