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Please give examples of theme and style in Marilyn Dumont's poem "Not Just a Platform for My Dance."

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The most important rhetorical device used in Marilyn Dumont’s poem “Not Just a Platform For My Dance” is repetition. The line “this land is not” is used in half of the eight stanzas and is prevalent in both the first and the last. It is important when analyzing poetry to identify who the speaker is; it is also significant to note that the speaker and the author are not automatically the same entity.

The speaker in this poem is evidently someone who loves their land. The word “land” likely refers to their country or a specified area. We know they love their land because of the repeated line “this land is not.” If the speaker is someone who did not care about the land, they would not place so much emphasis on it. In addition, the use of the word “my” is important. The stanza “this land is / my tongue my eyes my mouth” and the phrases “my prayer,” “my medicine,” and the others in which the speaker uses the word “my”...

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