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This poem, as the title implies, is ultimately concerned with virtue and the idea of a virtuous soul which will survive forever and will not "give" as earthly beautiful things do. In order to...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2018 7:18 am UTC

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Tone refers to the author's feeling about his or her subject, and avarice is another word for extreme greed. Avarice, or greed, is certainly not a quality that most people or cultures prize, and so...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2018 4:25 pm UTC

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George Herbert's poem entitled, "Virtue," uses images of things that are "sweet" and full of life, and couples them with the dark side of life: inevitable death. The first stanza refers to "sweet...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2011 12:40 pm UTC

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When determining the rhyme scheme of a poem, the first line is assigned the letter A. If the next line rhymes, it also receives the letter A. However, if the next line does not rhyme then it...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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The poem's themes contrast the material to the spiritual. In the first three stanzas, the speaker describes how the incarnate aspects of the earth all will die. A beautiful day will "die" when...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019 5:43 pm UTC

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A simile is a phrase that uses the words "like" or "as" to make a comparison and draw meaning. In the poem "Virtue" by George Herbert, the speaker employs one simile, although he uses much other...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019 5:10 pm UTC

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In the first two lines of each of the stanzas, an emphasis is placed on the beauty of the present, whereas in the last two lines, a statement about timeless inevitability is made. In Stanza 1,...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2017 8:22 pm UTC

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Herbert uses these three things to carry the theme of the transitory nature of life that his poem has. Day always ends; and "the dew shall weep thy fall". Roses always fade; "thy root is ever in...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2009 2:09 pm UTC

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A paradox is either a statement or group of statements that, at first, seem to contradict each other. Even though at first it may seem contradictory--they can't be true at the same time!--they do...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2009 12:57 pm UTC

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The poem "Virtue" is about how life is completely transitory; it ends. Herbert uses a rose, a day, and spring to illustrate how life ends (day turns into night, roses fade and die, and spring...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2009 7:51 am UTC

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The poem Virtue by George Herbert is set out in four four-line stanzas in the first three of which he selects an typical image of beauty and life (the day, a rose, the spring) before reminding us...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2009 8:42 pm UTC

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In "Virtue," George Herbert reflects on the transience of the things of this world. Whatever comes into existence will one day perish, whether it is a beautiful rose or a sweet spring. The material...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2018 11:26 am UTC

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At the beginning of the poem "Virtue," the speaker reflects upon and mourns for the ephemeral nature of beauty. In the opening stanza, for example, the speaker says that when the beauty of a new...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2021 11:13 am UTC

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George Herbert does not mention the color of the rose in the second stanza of "Virtue" (or, for that matter, the roses of spring in the third). However, we can surmise that it is red. This would be...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019 5:28 am UTC

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