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Unformatted text preview: Paraphrase : The poem is describing the United States, the land before Independence. It describes the people, how they were before and then after. The people are the gift, the receiver is the land itself. Connotations : Diction Imagery ( metaphor, simile, personification) Symbolism Irony ( paradox, oxymoron, understatement) Allusions Sound Devices ( alliteration, rhyme, assonance, consonance, onomatopoeia) Attitude : The tone of the poem is one of hope and victory. The poem starts with weakness but strengthens as the poem continues. Shifts : The attitude of the poem is one of hope and determination. Scarlett Hood Title : Overcoming Ourselves Theme : The subject of the poem is to believe. Originally the colonist were held captive to the land because they thought the land belonged to England. When they realized there own independence, they felt the ownership of the land. This is just like owning your own house versus renting it....
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- Spring '09