What Is The Figurative Language In The Juggler By Richard Wilbur

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In Richard Wilbur’s Juggler, the speaker depicts a juggler who is entertaining both men and women with his elegant prowess and practice of juggling balls and other various objects. The speaker describes the juggler as nothing more than a simpleton, entertaining those who watch his display and retreating when he is tired or done. This simple but deft actions of the juggler reveals the simplicity of the speaker, who like the others, is amazed. The juggler’s delicate and precise gestures and movements highlight the smooth and soft aspects of a calm life. The speaker uses elements such as imagery and figurative language to reveal the complex but simple display of the juggler’s practice and the ease that it releases as it gives us a respite from our stressful, daily lives. In the poem, the speaker uses figurative language to reveal and portray that the objects that the juggler juggles have a sense or life of their own and how their actions make the show even more impressive on the juggler’s end. Whether it’s the ball's’ “own resilience” as it bounces less and less or “wheel on his wheeling hands”, the figurative language describes an inanimate object that is subject to the laws of nature and forces such as gravity which is shown by the line “falling is what it loves.” However, under the hands of the juggler, it’s as if the juggler has changed the ball’s natural tendencies to his own, becoming the ball’s own force that it has to follow. The juggler appears to be as an omnipotent

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