Poetic Language In 'A Noiseless Patient Spider'

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Write around 250 words in which you interpret ONE of the following poems in terms of poetic language: "A Noiseless Patient Spider" (Whitman 360-361), "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" (Shakespeare 361), "Turtle" (Ryan 362), "My Son My Executioner" (Hall 363), "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" (Donne 398-399).

In your analysis, please QUOTE (skillfully and grammatically) at least TWICE and use at least THREE out of the following eight TERMS:

connotation

denotation

metaphor

simile

personification

imagery

symbol

paradox

Your writing must also, of course, be grammatically correct and logically developed.

In “My Son My Executioner” Donald Hall use of poetic language allows readers to understand why the speaker of

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