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Using the literary and linguistic concepts and approaches of 'I Syng of a Mayden', this essay will be focusing on how the anonymous poet conveys religious ideas throughout the poem. The poem was written by an anonymous poet in the 15th Centaury

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Sarah Thomas - English Lit/Lang - C How does the poet convey religious ideas in the poem 'I Syng of a Mayden'? Using the literary and linguistic concepts and approaches of 'I Syng of a Mayden', this essay will be focusing on how the anonymous poet conveys religious ideas throughout the poem. The poem was written by an anonymous poet in the 15th Centaury. As it was by an anonymous poet the poem was probably passed round by mouth and song meaning that it could be a ballad or hymn. As well as that, I also feel that due to the fact that the three middle verses all have 'That fallyt on the...' and 'As due in Aprylle' repeated it suggests that it could very well be a ballad or hymn as most are structured like that. ...read more.

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I think he did this because he wanted to portray Christs' appearance as pure as nature. The structure of the poem develops along with the foetus as it uses an extended metaphor of organic growth ' that fallyt on the gras...flour...spray' which suggests that the foetus is at first a piece of grass, then it develops into a flower and then a 'spray' which shows the three stages of pregnancy. The rhyme scheme of the poem follows a abcb structure in verses one and five; 'mayden...makeles...Kynges...ches', 'mayden...she...lady...be', but uses a rhyme scheme of abab in verses two, three and four; 'stylle...was...Aprylle...gras', 'stylle...bowr...Aprylle...flour', 'stylle...lay...Aprylle...spray'. It has four to six beats per line and is 1st person address in the first verse and 3rd in the second, third and forth verses as he changes from 'I' to 'He'. It has four verses in all which makes it a quatrain and this makes it add to the songlike feel. ...read more.

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He used this well as you can imagine the baby foetus developing as the ballad continues. He uses a simile 'as dew' to emphasis the importance of water in everyone's live, in this case he uses it to compare importance to Christ in saying that, like water, you can't live without it. The poet uses hushed lullaby tones throughout the poem such as 'ches' and 'gras' which both end with a 'shhing' sound such as a lullaby making it a very peaceful, quiet atmosphere. He uses Bilabial nasals such as 'moder and mayden' to give a kind of softer sound, we produce these nasal phonemes by lowering the velum to allow air to flow through the nasal cavity giving an 'ng' or in this case an 'mm' sound. He also uses fricatives such as 'fallyt on the flour' which is the use of alliteration of the sound 'ff'. It gives it a harder sound. Lastly it uses sibilance in 'so stylle' which shows more alliteration and emphasises the words to make them seem even softer/quieter. Time: 1hr.30mins ...read more.

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