How do sunlight and moonlight differently affect the brook?

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In Tennyson's "The Brook," the brook endures forever and ever. In the sunlight, it "sparkles out," meaning it glints brightly in the sunshine when it is not in the shadow of the ferns. The brook seems to babble and be awake and lively in the sun. In the sunlight, it becomes a bright backdrop for sailboats and trout. Sometimes it looks "silvery" by day, and because of all its movement, it makes the "netted sunbeam dance."

In the moonlight, the brook appears to become quieter. It slows down. The speaker describes it as now murmuring under the moonlight and stars rather than chattering. It also seems to linger and loiter, as if it does not want to move along at its rapid daytime pace.

By day or night, Tennyson shows the brook as a living entity. It is personified and given human characteristics or actions as it interacts with its environment, like how it chatters or loiters, for example.

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