Essay Two Prewrite - 1 Stephanie Pham A. Shaw English 1102...

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1 Stephanie Pham A. Shaw English 1102 October 1, 2010 Essay Two Refined Idea Question: How does Whitman employ figurative language in “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom” to mourn and cope with Lincoln's death? “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom” is a public poem about Lincoln's death, but expresses Whitman's private mourning over the event. In the elegy, he employs extensive figurative language to convey the enormity of loss as well as acceptance of death. The dominant trope he employs are metaphors that extend throughout the text. For example, lilacs are the first symbol mentioned in the beginning of the poem. Whitman constantly refers to them, noting that they are perennial and come back each April. In addition, April is the month that Lincoln is assassinated and Whitman sees the continual blooming of lilacs as a reminder of his death, remarking that “[he] mourn'd and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring”. This contrasts usual human nature, which sees the emergence of spring as a time of happiness or rebirth. Additonally, the lilac itself can be interpreted as a representation of Lincoln. When the speaker
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course ENGL 1102 taught by Professor Cantremember during the Fall '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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