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What are some examples of figures of speech in sonnet 29?it would also be helpful if...

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kayla1996 | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted March 6, 2011 at 6:13 AM via web

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What are some examples of figures of speech in sonnet 29?

it would also be helpful if you could tell me the effect of these and why they are used.

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susan3smith | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted March 6, 2011 at 9:32 AM (Answer #1)

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Personification is used to describe heaven as deaf to the speaker's futile cries:

And trouble deaf heaven  (line 3)

In line 12 personification is also used when earth is described as "sullen."

A simile is used to describe the speaker's joy when he thinks about his beloved:

. . .and then my, state,

Like to the lark at break of day arising

From sullen earth . .

A metaphor is used to compare the "sweet love" of the beloved to "wealth."

These figures of speech serve to contrast the speaker's melancholy state of mind with his joy when he remembers that he is truly lucky to have the love of such a one as his beloved.

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