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What are the the main figures of speech in Christina Rossetti's 'Remember'?

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tayma27 | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 31, 2012 at 5:17 PM via web

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What are the the main figures of speech in Christina Rossetti's 'Remember'?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM (Answer #1)

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Christina Rossetti's poem, "Remember" uses several figures of speech. The most obvious is rhyme; it is written in the form of a Petrarchan sonnet rhymed abbaabba cddece. It uses the rhythmic pattern of iambic pentameter. It uses alliteration infrequently (hold/hand). It uses anaphora, repeated words at the beginning of sentences (remember). In a sense, the entire poem uses litotes in the way it refers to death as mere absences (compare Tennyson: Come not when I am dead/ To cast the foolish tears upon my grave … which works by hyperbole). Rossetti uses polyptoton (repeating the same root with different inflection in "… turn to go yet turning  …``

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