What is the rhythm, tone, and figurative language of "The Secret Heart"?

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I assume you're talking about the poem by Robert Coffin. "The Secret Heart" is about a child's memory of his father checking in on him at night. The speaker of the poem compares the lit match held in the father's cupped hands to "A heart that gave out such a...

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I assume you're talking about the poem by Robert Coffin. "The Secret Heart" is about a child's memory of his father checking in on him at night. The speaker of the poem compares the lit match held in the father's cupped hands to "A heart that gave out such a glow." In fact, the entire poem uses this extended metaphor of the glowing heart to symbolize the father's pure love for his son. Coffin was known for his formal, often rhyming poems, and "The Secret Heart" is no different. The rhythm of each line is iambic quadrameter--that is, four iambs per line. Moreover, the lines are in rhymed couplets. This gives the poem a sing-song quality. The tone of the poem is gentle and sentimental. Lines like "His love had kindled in the dark" can even border on maudlin at times. Because Coffin focuses on light throughout the poem, using it as a symbol for love, his poem feels bright and warm.
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