Explain all the figures of Speech used by Tennyson in his Poem "Splendour Falls" . Tennyson has used Personification as figure of speech in "The Splendour Falls" . What other figures of...
Explain all the figures of Speech used by Tennyson in his Poem "Splendour Falls" .
Tennyson has used Personification as figure of speech in "The Splendour Falls" . What other figures of speech has been used by him? I also want the figures of speech to be explained.
In the poem "The Splendour Falls," Tennyson uses a variety of literary devices.
Alliteration is seen with "snowy summits," "long light," and "blow, bugle, blow" (the last which might also be repetition).
Consonance is seen with "thinner, clearer, farther" and "falls, castle walls."
"Shakes" and "lakes" has both assonance and consonance.
Assonance is evident with "far...scar" (which is also consonance).
Personification is seen in several places with examples like "long light shakes," "cataract leaps in glory," and "purple glens replying."
Repetition is also found in several places: "dying and dying and dying" (found in two places in the poem), "blow...let us blow," "blow, bugle, blow," "soul to soul," and "forever and forever." "
"O hark, O hear" may be considered repetition, but the words "hark" and "hear" also include alliteration and consonance.
All the descriptions of personification (which are specific) are examples of imagery, which is the general label for devices like personification, hyperbole, similes, metaphors, etc.
The use of Tennyson's words that create an irregular rhyming pattern give the poem a musical quality, which adds to the mood and tone of the poem: it is bright and uplifting as it praises nature.
Tennyson's poem "Splendour Falls" is a lyrical ballad that utilizes a number of different rhetorical devices and techniques to create a sense of place and a particular musical sound. In the first instance, Tennyson's choice of language is often archaic, with the use of "O" rather than "oh", as well as words like "yon," harking back to the long-ago faux-medieval Arthurian period, "old in story." It is worth noting that Tennyson was writing in the Victorian period using diction deliberately reminiscent of an earlier age.
The lyrical sound of the poem is also enhanced through the use of a variable two-line refrain, which itself contains anaphora (repetition of the same alliterative phrase, "Blow, bugle," at the beginning of two consecutive lines). We also see the use of a more complex rhyme scheme than might be expected in a ballad-style poem of this sort, with internal rhyme (rhyming within, as well as at the ends of, lines) producing a distinctive effect ("The splendour falls on castle walls," "The long light shakes across the lakes," etc.) The intensification towards the end of the poem—"soul to soul," "forever and forever"—enhances the dreamlike quality alluded to by the term "Elfland" as the poem seems to carry the reader into that "forever."