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Cold In The Earth question. This poem uses a lot of deep contradicting diction and oxymoron to illustrate Brontes state of psychological conflict after her lovers death.

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2. Comment on Bronte's use of the following: > Deep contradicting diction > Symbolism > Repetitions > Syntax > Abundant use of the first person > Other sound patterns 1. Deep contradicting diction This poem uses a lot of deep contradicting diction and oxymoron to illustrate Bronte's state of psychological conflict after her lover's death. 'No other Sun has lightened up my heaven', 'heaven' should not be applied to her, as she is still alive, yet it may also be implied as incredibly happy life when her lover was alive that she felt she was in 'heaven'. This shows how happy she used to be. In 'indulge in Memory's rapturous pain', oxymoron is used. A memory is 'rapturous' and she 'indulges' in it because these memories are the only sources that brings her to her lover, yet recalling them makes her feel 'pain' as that makes her realize her solitude and the pain of losing her lover. This illustrates her emotional dilemma - whether to forget her lover or not. 'Divinest anguish' is another example of oxymoron. ...read more.


This provides a multi-lens of viewing her lover and her own state. Literally, her lover is dead, situated in a place which is 'cold in the earth'. Figuratively, it is about her own emotional status - her 'life's bliss' is frozen together with her lover's death, frozen deep down in the earth. And she allows her emotions to be frozen or trapped together into her lover's grave, figuratively burying her own feelings with her lover. She is preserving her own memories in 'cold in the earth'. The repetitions also constantly remind readers the harshness of her environment, and highlight the title. There is a repetition of the word 'forget'. Bronte is in a state of frustration: she wishes to forget her lover as remembering him brings her 'rapturous pain', on the other hand she 'dares not' forget him. By repeating the word 'forget', an irony is achieved: Bronte is actually thinking about her lover all the time, and it is unlikely that she would ever 'forget' him. A repetition is also used in 'Far, far removed' in line 2. ...read more.


'to love thee...'. This conveys how sincere and genuine she is towards her lover, and readers can feel that she is 'yearning' after her lover. This also adds in a certain degree of formality, indicating her respect for her lover. She also addresses her lover directly with very heartfelt terms, e.g. 'Sweet Love of youth', 'my Only Love'. This makes her feelings more intensified, and we can see that she is beseeching her lover to forgive her. She conveys her tenderness through the use of first person. 6. Other sound patterns There is a regular rhyme scheme of ABAB in each stanza. This regularity and formality illustrates Bronte's regular and everlasting lover for her lover. The rhyme of 'wave' with 'grave' in the first stanza contrasts mobility with stillness, widening the scope of separation between Bronte and her beloved: Bronte is in motion, living and breathing, while her lover is in the 'grave', stilled, and immobile. The rhyme of 'pain' with 'again' in the last stanza links the two words together. This suggests that Bronte has to go through the 'Memory's rapturous pain' once 'again' when she 'face(s) the world' and implies that her psychological struggle may be recurrent. ...read more.

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