Analysis Of Lorna Crozier 's Poem ' The Eye Rhyme '
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A strong masculine rhyme consisting of a single stressed syllable “My Tongue is generations dead, My Nose defiles a comely head;”(5-6) gives a weight to these lines and provides rhetorical emphasis. It creates a break by bonding these lines tightly to each other. Because it is a perfect rhyme, it sounds a bit cutesy and childish, so it creates levity to contrast and enlighten the theme of death. The eye rhyme, “For hearkening to carnal evils My Ears have been the very devil’s”(7-8) creates more dissonance and thus disjunction in the reader. This irritation allows passage back into a state where it easier to empathize with the devil and evil. “More furtive then the Hand in low And vicious venery-Not so!”(11-12) exemplifies an imperfect or partial or approximate or slant or pararhyme which supports the theme of deception and dissent articulated by the words, “furtive”(11) and, “Not so!”(12).
3.What is the chief symbol in Lorna Crozier’s poem "Forms of Innocence" (Geddes, 751)? What does the symbol suggest beyond its literal meaning?
The chief symbol in Lorna Crozier’s poem is the black swan. The swan evokes the dark passionate mysterious mystic of wild unpredictable dark feminine energy that holds the quiet potential power of creation. The swan is the companion of the love goddesses Saraswati and Venus in Roman mythology. It represents the flight of a young girl’s innocent ignorance towards the sky as it is ripped away by the powers of sexual enlightenment. The bird acts as a