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What are the figures of speech in "My Heart Leaps Up"?
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Lines 3-5 are an example of anaphora, a device where sucessive phrases begin with the same or similar words:
So was it when my life began, / So is it now I am a man, / So be it when I shall grow old / Or let me die!
Subsequently, line six is an example of hyperbole, or an overstatment that emphasizes an idea but is not meant to be taken literally.
Finally, in line 7 we see a paradoxical statement: "The child is the father of the man". This statement appears to contradict itself until the reader realizes that Wordsworth is speaking figuratively and not literally.
Posted by podunc on February 13, 2009 at 12:10 PM (Answer #1)
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