LEARNING ASSONANCE AND CONSONANCE: “LONDON, 1802”

“London, 1802”

By William Wordsworth

 LEARNING ASSONANCE (VOWEL SOUNDS) AND CONSONANCE (CONSONANT SOUND DIFFERENT FROM ALLITERATION–AT THE END OR IN THE MIDDLE OF A WORD):

Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour:

England hath need of thee: she is a fen

Of stagnant waters: altar, sword, and pen,

Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower,

Have forfeited their ancient English dower

Of inward happiness. We are selfish men;

Oh! raise us up, return to us again;

And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power.

Thy soul was like a Star, and dwelt apart:

Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea:

Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free,

So didst thou travel on life’s common way,

In cheerful godliness; and yet thy heart

The lowliest duties on herself did lay.

 

Figure of speech: Metonymy—the substitution of one object for another when the two are related.

“Altar” represents _________________

“Sword” stands for _________________

“Pen” represents ___________________

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