Winter Poetry - Skating at Night William Wordsworth.

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Winter Poetry

Skating at Night   William Wordsworth

        Wordsworth shows a positive fond memory of winter that is personal to him. He gives a feeling of excitement by using ‘and’. Also he shows how noisy it is by using ‘bellowing’ and ‘not a voice was idle’. Even though it was cold Wordsworth would rather be outside with his friends then inside: ‘I heeded not the summons. Wordsworth also wants excitement and freedom: ‘Proud and exulting’. He likes to play games with his friends, like a native foxhunt: ‘Games confederate of the chase’

        He uses similes and metaphors to show he is exhilarated and has loads of energy: ‘Untired horse’ and ‘the resounding horn’. Wordsworth has used onomatopoeia and alliteration to show the effect of speed: ‘We hissed along’ and ‘The pack loud bellowing’ speed is also shown by using the word ‘flew’, the simile ‘Tinkled like iron’ shows the brittle side of winter.

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        Wordsworth uses the word ‘melancholy’ to show that the beautiful scene, he once knew, is fading with old age a shows a slight sadness to the poem.

Winter   Percy Bysshe Shelley

        Shelley uses alliteration to show that winter is harsh ‘the wind was his whip’ this also shows that it is a negative and destructive time. He writes: ‘One choppy finger’ to make you wonder what winter will do next. Shelley portrays winter as an evil character using personification such as: ‘whip’ ‘lip’ to make it more effective. Shelley also makes winter sound brittle: ‘His ...

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