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There are four “which” clauses in the poem: the winds which blow (line 6), the stream which reflects stories of the speaker’s many mornings (line 13), the sun and the moon which direct the river (line 37), and the village which endures (line 41) and which presumably continues life far into the indefinite future. Rhetorically, these structures are parallel, and the repetitiveness is the essential characteristic of anaphora.This device is characteristic of the structuring of “Legacy,” for the content of the poem is to emphasize the inseparability of human life from the earth itself. The “which” adjectival clauses repeat in language the same actual connection. Thus Kenny uses the medium of words and syntax to demonstrate the Native American self-identification with physical and spiritual Nature.
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