In "The Snare," the poet uses reptition.what is the effect of the use of repetition in the poem?I hear a sudden cry of pain! There is a rabbit in a snare: Now I hear the cry again, But I cannot...

In "The Snare," the poet uses reptition.what is the effect of the use of repetition in the poem?

I hear a sudden cry of pain!
There is a rabbit in a snare:
Now I hear the cry again,
But I cannot tell from where.

But I cannot tell from where
He is calling out for aid!
Crying on the frightened air,
Making everything afraid!

Making everything afraid!
Wrinkling up his little face!
And he cries again for aid;
- and I cannot find the place!

And I cannot find the place
Where his paw is in the snare!
Little One! Oh, Little One!
I am searching everywhere!

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There are two types of repetition in this poem.  One is the word "cry".  It ties the poem together, the rabbit is continuing to cry through the poem. 

The other repetition is the repetition of the first and last lines of the stanzas.  This adds emotion and immediacy to the poem. When you are looking for something and you have to shift focus from one area to another --- you continue your thought.  For example: at the end of the first stanza he says "I cannot tell from where".  Now he sifts his attention to another place and repeats "I cannot tell from where".  The second stanza ends with "Making everything afraid" and continues onto the third stanza as he shows his fear and frantically searches for the rabbit.  His frustration increases in the fourth stanza with the repetition of "And I cannot find the place!"  His anxiety and frustration increases with each repetitive line.

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