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I need help
Posted by: sadness (84.22.252.---)
Date: April 12, 2009 04:02PM

I have exame about the poem ''To Imagination" by Emily Bronte ,and please somebody help me by write a summary of this poem and the figures of speech use in it

Re: I need help
Posted by: IanAKB (124.168.37.---)
Date: April 12, 2009 10:01PM

Let's put up the poem first:

To Imagination
by Emily Bronte

When weary with the long day's care,
And earthly change from pain to pain,
And lost, and ready to despair,
Thy kind voice calls me back again:
Oh, my true friend! I am not lone,
While then canst speak with such a tone!

So hopeless is the world without;
The world within I doubly prize;
Thy world, where guile, and hate, and doubt,
And cold suspicion never rise;
Where thou, and I, and Liberty,
Have undisputed sovereignty.

What matters it, that all around
Danger, and guilt, and darkness lie,
If but within our bosom's bound
We hold a bright, untroubled sky,
Warm with ten thousand mingled rays
Of suns that know no winter days?

Reason, indeed, may oft complain
For Nature's sad reality,
And tell the suffering heart how vain
Its cherished dreams must always be;
And Truth may rudely trample down
The flowers of Fancy, newly-blown:

But thou art ever there, to bring
The hovering vision back, and breathe
New glories o'er the blighted spring,
And call a lovelier Life from Death.
And whisper, with a voice divine,
Of real worlds, as bright as thine.

I trust not to thy phantom bliss,
Yet, still, in evening's quiet hour,
With never-failing thankfulness,
I welcome thee, Benignant Power;
Sure solacer of human cares,
And sweeter hope, when hope despairs!

Re: I need help
Posted by: sadness (84.22.252.---)
Date: April 13, 2009 10:00AM

lanAKB where are you please I need your help what is the second pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeas my axame at wednesday

Re: I need help
Posted by: IanAKB (210.84.7.---)
Date: April 14, 2009 06:51AM

Have you read the poem and tried to understand it? Have you got a dictionary to look up any words you don't understand? If so, have you used that?

Do you know how to search on the Internet? Have you made a search for "figures of speech", so you know what you are meant to look for in the poem?

If you don't do those sorts of things, no amount of holding down the e key on your keyboard is going to improve your chances of getting through the exam.

No one can do your exam for you.

I will try to give you some help here, but you should not just copy what I say and pretend it is your own work. You must take the trouble to understand it, and then - if it is the kind of thing you want to say - put it in your own words.

In this poem Emily Bronte writes about and to a "true friend" (see the 5th line of stanza 1). Who or what is her friend? As the poem title indicates, it is her own Imagination. You could say it is like an imaginary friend.

She says it is a "kind voice" (see stanza 1), a "world within" her (see stanza 2), which she feels is close to her heart ("within our bosom's bound" - see stanza 3).

In the first three stanzas she repeats in various ways that the world outside her ("the world without" - see stanza 2) is a painful, hopeless, dangerous, dark, hateful place; but that she gets relief from all of that by turning inward to her imagination.

She says that in her imagination she is free ("thou, and I, and Liberty have ... sovereignty" - stanza 2), and the sky is "untroubled" and "warm" (stanza 3)

In stanza 4 she acknowledges that commonsense ("Reason") tells her that in the real world ("Nature"), dreams are always in vain, and that imagined things ("Fancy") will be trampled down by reality ("Truth"). But in stanza 5 she says that nevertheless, her imagination is still there to bring the dreams and their loveliness back to life.

In the 6th and final stanza she says much the same thing as in stanzas 4 and 5. She says that although she doesn't fully trust the ghost-like happy message of her imagination (she calls it "phantom bliss"), she still welcomes it as a friendly force ("Benignant Power"), and as a comforter ("solacer") and giver of hope when she would otherwise despair.

When you think about your exam, Sadness, you must surely be able to relate to Emily Bronte's feelings about all this!

So what figures of speech does she use in the poem?

The most striking one is probably personification. That means treating a thing or an idea as a person. Thus she addresses her imagination as if it were a person, using the words "thou" and "thy" to it.

And she likewise describes the effects of other forces or ideas as if they were persons: Liberty; Nature; Truth; Fancy; Death.

She uses metaphor: "flowers of Fancy" in stanza 4.

She uses hyperbole, which means exaggeration to get an effect. For instance "ten thousand" mingled rays (stanza 3).

I'm sure there are others to be found, but that should be enough for your purpose.

Good luck!


Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 04/14/2009 08:36AM by IanAKB.

Re: I need help
Posted by: sadness (84.22.252.---)
Date: April 14, 2009 08:17AM

Thank you very much lan and beleve me I tried to understand this poem but my mind is off because Iam sick this weak and I have alot exams , anyway thanke you alot my frind

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