"No, Thank You, John" by Christina Rossetti.
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"No, Thank You, John" by Christina Rossetti The poem '"No, Thank You, John"' by Christina Rossetti, is about a conflicting love relationship. Throughout this poem she uses catharsis, consonance and a rhythm and rhyming device, to convey her theme. The poem expresses her true feelings towards a friend who wishes to have a deeper relationship with her although she does not have similar feelings towards him. '"No, Thank You, John"' is a poem about "John", who wishes to have a deeper love relationship with Christina. She does not have the same loving feelings towards John and hence causes a conflict. Christina expresses her feelings to John and tells him she is not interested in a relationship but he does not seem to understand.
Christina uses several literary devices including catharsis, as we just saw, throughout the poem to convey her feelings to the reader. Another example of this is consonance. Consonance is used throughout the poem as we see in the second and fifth stanzas "No fault of mine made me your toast" and "Let bygones be bygones". The repetition of consonants, "mine made me" and "bygones be bygones" expresses her deeper feelings by intensifying the expression of her feelings. It intensifies the words and therefore makes the expression of her feelings loud to the reader. She uses this literary device so the reader can understand her thoroughly. Christina also uses a rhythm and rhyming technique throughout the poem.
He should seize the day and accept her friendship and find love elsewhere because she does not have feelings for him similar to his deep feelings towards her. Her uses of literary devices are uniquely placed and are apparent to the reader thus making her emotions some across as strong so the reader understands her tone. Just to name a few catharsis, consonance, her rhyming technique and easing into the cape diem idea all make Christina's points come across strongly. Although she expresses her feelings towards not having deep emotions for John in this poem, this does not simply mean she does not care for him all together. She obviously cares deeply for him since she took the time to write a poem. Her feelings just lie on more of a friendship level than his do.
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