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The name was given to the poem because the poet shows that the speaker is studying the poem. This poem "A contemplation upon flowers by Henry King" is about a man who wants the flowers to teach him to become humble. But instead the flowers taught him three lessons. His first lesson that he learnt was to become brave and to remember the place where the flower came from, as referred to line 1, 5-6 " Brave flowers that I could gallant it like you", " You are not proud you know your birth for your embroidered garments are from earth." Line 1 can also be identified as a literary device known as personification because brave flowers cannot gallant which only living things such as animals or humans can do. Also in line 5 and 6 can be identified as Biblical allusion another literary device because the bible in the books of john and mathew jesus talked about the lilies in the field where they are created and their birth place. The second stanza the speaker learnt the second lesson which was to accept nature and their selves for today the flowers in the field may be beautiful and blooming but tomorrow the flowers know their beauty will not last forever where they may withered away and torn to pieces. In line 7 and 8 "You do obey your months and times, but i would have it ever spring;" metaphor can be found in the sentence. In the last stanza the poet learnt his last lesson which was to accept death as referred in line 13 and 14 " Oh teach me to see death and not to fear, but rather take truce." The only literary device that can be found is rhyme. In line 17 and line 18 " You fragrant flowers then teach me that my breath like yours may sweeten and perfumed my death."
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