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Oliver Goldsmith

The poem "The Village Schoolmaster" is actually a fragment of a longer poem called "The Deserted Village," which is a description and social commentary on a village that has been abandoned by its...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019, 3:52 pm (UTC)

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Oliver Goldsmith

I think it's prudent to define "figures of speech" before I tell you about the figures of speech in Oliver Goldsmith's poem "The Village Schoolmaster." When "figures of speech" come up for...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2020, 12:19 pm (UTC)

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Oliver Goldsmith

The Village School master was a man who could easily be identified as an "old stone face", or a man with a strong gaze and expression that inspired the respect and seriousness in students. A man...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010, 2:38 am (UTC)

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Oliver Goldsmith

"The Village Schoolmaster" is a poem by Oliver Goldsmith that reflects an earlier period in British life before the start of the Industrial Revolution. Its main theme is one of nostalgia for...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2017, 6:35 am (UTC)

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Oliver Goldsmith

The poem is an excerpt from a longer poem by Goldsmith called "The Deserted Village" and conveys the speaker's sentiments about a teacher. The word "village" in the title clearly suggests that the...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2017, 7:59 am (UTC)

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The schoolmaster is noted to be "severe." His reputation as a strict and serious teacher is supported in these lines: Full well they laugh'd with counterfeited glee,At all his jokes, for many a...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019, 5:10 pm (UTC)

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At first, it seems that the dog bit the man simply because he went mad. Nothing unusual there, we might think. Biting people is what mad dogs often do. Indeed, just about everyone in the poem...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2018, 6:19 pm (UTC)

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Oliver Goldsmith’s poem "The Village Schoolmaster" is part of a longer work, "The Deserted Village." The poem describes and condemns the depopulation of the village, as its inhabitants move to the...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019, 1:45 am (UTC)

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The central idea of the poem is that the villagers respect the schoolmaster for his education. The poem describes a small village school. Most of the residents in the village do not have much...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2016, 6:24 pm (UTC)

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The schoolmaster in Oliver Goldsmith’s poem has numerous language skills. He tells jokes, he can write, and he is especially fond of arguing, according to the parson—even after he has lost the...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2019, 5:49 am (UTC)

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Oliver Goldsmith

Onomatopoeia is defined as words that are used to imitate sounds they describe. There are two usages of onomatopoeia. One is fairly easy to recognize. It is easily illustrated by Batman's "Biff!...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2010, 12:26 am (UTC)

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Irony exists when what is expected and what occurs are in conflict with each other. As a literary device and a figure of speech, it highlights inconsistencies and is intended to draw attention,...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2015, 11:16 am (UTC)

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Oliver Goldsmith

In the poem "The Village Schoolmaster" by Oliver Goldsmith, the poet is passing by his former schoolhouse and recalls the teacher who taught him when he was young. To be able to decide whether the...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019, 2:52 pm (UTC)

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Oliver Goldsmith

This poem by Oliver Goldsmith describes a village schoolmaster who occasions "wonder" in the people of the village, because of "how much he knew." The people in the village have never known anyone...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2018, 7:38 pm (UTC)

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In "The Village Schoolmaster," Oliver Goldsmith (c.1728-1774) presents a vivid picture of a certain schoolmaster. With each line, the reader peels away the layers of the schoolmaster's identity....

Latest answer posted July 31, 2009, 6:03 am (UTC)

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Before he became famous as a playwright, Oliver Goldsmith was renowned for his sparkling prose, which attracted the attention of no less a figure than Dr. Johnson, the foremost man of letters in...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2021, 10:36 am (UTC)

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Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith uses quite a bit of alliteration in his poem "The Village Schoolmaster." Alliteration occurs when words in close proximity begin with the same consonant sounds. We note...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2021, 7:51 pm (UTC)

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Oliver Goldsmith

An elegy is a generally serious poem written to honor an individual who has died. By calling the poem an elegy, Goldsmith raises our expectations and encourages us to believe that the poem will be...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2019, 9:53 pm (UTC)

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Oliver Goldsmith’s poem “The Village Schoolmaster” has a nostalgic tone for a simpler time in which society was more stable. The benign authority and predictability of the schoolmaster himself...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019, 2:15 am (UTC)

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Oliver Goldsmith

"If" is probably Rudyard Kipling's most famous poem (and one of my favorites), and it serves a didactic purpose of instructing a person on the various steps of becoming a good man. The first stanza...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2010, 12:15 pm (UTC)

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Oliver Goldsmith

The speaker of this poem begins by describing the current appearance of a former schoolhouse. The fence is falling down, and the bushes are overgrown now, though the schoolhouse used to be like a...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020, 3:55 pm (UTC)

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I do not think we necessarily have to interpret the line about the "village master" to mean that the school is like a village. Instead, we can understand this line as referring to the schoolmaster...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2018, 11:11 am (UTC)

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