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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


A figure of speech is an expression in which the words are not used in their literal sense. 

A figure of speech is designed to portray an idea more clearly or more interestingly. The most common types of figures of speech are
 metaphors,similes, idioms, personification and hyperbole.

Note: Some sources do not differentiate between a
 figure of speech and figurative language. As the term figurative language includes techniques that might employ the literal meanings of words (e.g., alliteration, assonance,consonance), an alternative definition for figure of speech is the use of words in an unusual or imaginative manner.
Examples of Figures of Speech
Here are some examples of figures of speech in the categories which most commonly employ words in their non-literal meaning:
A metaphor asserts that one thing is something that it literally is not. For example:
·         This bedroom is a prison.
·         He's a real gannet.
·         He listened with a stone face.
·         We don't need dinosaurs in this company.
A simile likens one thing to another (usually achieved by the use of the wordlike or as). For example:
·         He eats like a gannet.
·         This sandwich tastes like sawdust between two doormats.
·         She sings like an angel.
·         It's like water off a duck's back.
Personification is when non-human objects are given human traits. For example:
·         The tide waits for no man.
·         My car tends to give up on long hills.
·         Summer's healing rays
Hyperbole is an exaggeration or extravagant statement used for effect. For example:
·         I have a million problems.
·         We won a tonne of cash.
·         I'll die if I don't finish this crossword.
An idiom is commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. For example:
·         Be careful not to miss the boat.
·         This is the last straw.
·         You can't pull the wool over my eyes.
·         Don't sit on the fence. Say what you mean.



 unreluctant- not reluctant, willing, eager
 quest - a long difficult search
 toll - a tax duty or tribute paid for use of services or facilities.  mourning – grief, sorrow
dim - fade
veils - cover with
 youth – young age
courage - ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation

Extra Questions:

Q1.How does the poet want to live his life from year to year?
The poet wants to live his life from year to year with a forward face and unreluctant soul.
Q2. What did the poet seek for as a little boy?
As a little boy the pot sought for new friendship, high adventure, and a crown,
Q3. Identify the figures of speech in the following lines:
a. Let me but live my life from year to year – Repetition
b. With forward face and unreluctant soul – Alliteration
c. And happy heart, that pays its toll – Personification, Alliteration
d. O'er rough or smooth, the journey will be joy – Antithesis, Alliteration
e. My heart will keep the courage of the quest – Alliteration
Q4.What is meant by the last turn of the road?
The last turn of the road refers to the last few years of the poet’s life. He hopes that they turn out to be the best years of his life. All through his life he has faced every challenge/obstacle with courage and stout heartedness. The warmth of memories the love of family and friends and the satisfaction that he had were the best moments in his life.
Q5. Explain the metaphor in this line, ‘And hope the road’s last turn will be the best’.

 Life has been compared to a road or a journey where we come across severe good and bad memories.

SELF CONTAINED-Extra questions

Extra questions

 complicated: complex
 false: untrue
 placid: calm, peaceful, serene
 sins : offence
 dissatisfied :not contented

Q1.Why does Whitman want to live with animals?
Walt Whitman finds that animals have many exemplary qualities that men are lacking. They remain very calm, quiet and satisfied. They have no worries. That is why Whitman wants to live with them.
Q2. Notice the use of the world turn in the first line,” I think I could turn and live with animals....” What is the poet turning from?
The poet wants to turn from the company of human beings. He wants to go and live in the company of birds, animals and nature.
Q3. Mention three things that humans do and animals don’t.
Humans keep grumbling /complaining about their condition. They weep in the dark over their sins. They keep worrying about their duty to God. Animals don’t have to do any of these things.
Q4. Do humans kneel to other humans who lived thousands of years ago?
Yes, humans do kneel to other humans who lived thousands of years ago. We give them such names as god's goddesses, saints and prophets and keep bowing to them.
Q5. What are the things that humans do but animals don’t?
Men are always unhappy and discontented. They keep on complaining. They go crazy for materialistic things. Animals do none of these things. They are always happy and contended. They don’t have to weep over their sins.
Q6. Many of us project human qualities onto animals, particularly our pets. Walt Whitman seems to reverse this inclination and to find in animals the absence of bothersome qualities he finds in humans. the traditional boundaries between humans and animals continues to fade .
Q7. Name and explain the figure of speech in the line ‘I stand and look at them, and long, and long’

Repetition: The word ‘long’ is repeated for poetic effect.