Two Eclipses

Two Eclipses - R. L. Hendrix September 6, 2010 ENG 205-12...

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R. L. Hendrix September 6, 2010 ENG 205-12 “Two Eclipses” by Shmuel HaNagid Analyzing Literary Technique 1. In the beginning and end HaNagid is addressing God, but in the middle of the poem he uses images of the power of God to explain the eclipses. Since there were two eclipses in one month HaNagid he knew it was the divine power God and thought he was sending out a message. 2. “Two Eclipses” is considered a lyric poem because instead of using drama action HaNagid used pictorial image. Also it’s personal poem that he wrote to express his thoughts about the eclipses. 3. Note the poet’s use of figurative language. a. HaNagid used “leopard skin stippled” instead of “cloak star-studded” to describe the night sky because it wasn’t that much stars out if any. The sky was dark with a little bit of light out. b. HaNagid’ use of “kettle,” “kiln,” “face of a girl,” and Libyan princess” suggest that the sky beautiful like a girl and dark. c.
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