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Earth - Figures of Speech, Important Lines and Appreciation Questions

Earth

 

How beautiful you are, Earth, and how sublime!

How perfect your obedience to the light and how noble is your submission to the sun.

 

I have walked over your plains,

I have climbed your stony mountains

I have descended into your valley;

I have entered into your caves.

On the plains I have discovered your dreams,

On the mountains I have admired your splendid presence.

And in the valleys I have observed your tranquility;

In the caves I have touched your mysteries.

 

You are the mouth and lips of Eternity,

The strings and fingers of Time,

The mystery and solution of life.

How generous you are, Earth, and

How strong is your yearning for

Your children lost between

That which they have attained

And that which they could not obtain

 

We pierce your bosom with swords and spears.

And you dress our wounds with oils and balsam

We plant your fields with skulls and bones.

And from them you rear cypress and willow trees,

We empty our wastes in your bosom, and you fill

Our thrashing floors with wheat sheaves,

And our wine presses with grapes.

 

We extract your elements to make

Cannons and bombs but out of

Our elements you create lilies and roses

How patient you are Earth, and how merciful!

Are you an atom of dust raised by

The feet of God when He journeyed from

The East to the West of Universe?

 

Who are you, Earth, and what are you?

You are “I”, Earth!

You are my sight and my discernment.

You are my knowledge and my dream

You are my hunger and my thirst.

You are my sorrow and my joy.

You are the beauty that lives in my eyes

The longing in my heart, the everlasting life in my soul!

You are “I” Earth,

Had it not been for my being,

You would not have been!

 

-Kalil Gibran

Alliteration:

 SENTENCE
How perfect your obedience to the light and how noble is your submission to the sun  s
On the plains I have discovered your dreams  d
How strong is your yearning for  y
We pierce your bosom with swords and spears  s
And you dress our wounds with oils and balsam  v
We empty our wastes in your bosom, and you fill  v
Our thrashing floors with wheat sheaves  v
Cannons and bombs but out of  b
The longing in my heart, the everlasting life in my soul!  l
Had it not been for my being  b

 

Personification:

 SENTENCE
You are the mouth and lips of Eternity
The strings and fingers of Time

 

Oxymoron:

 SENTENCE
The mystery and solution of life

 

Anaphora:

 SENTENCE
I have walked over your plains,

I have climbed your stony mountains

I have descended into your valley;

I have entered into your caves.

On the plains I have discovered your dreams,

On the mountains I have admired your splendid presence.

The strings and fingers of Time,

The mystery and solution of life.

How generous you are, Earth, and

How strong is your yearning for

How patient you are Earth, and how merciful
The feet of God when He journeyed from

The East to the West of Universe

You are “I”, Earth!

You are my sight and my discernment.

You are my knowledge and my dream

You are my hunger and my thirst.

You are my sorrow and my joy.

You are the beauty that lives in my eyes

The longing in my heart, the everlasting life in my soul

 

Repetition:

 SENTENCE
How beautiful you are, Earth, and how sublime!

How perfect your obedience to the light and how noble is your submission to the sun

On the plains I have discovered your dreams,

On the mountains I have admired your splendid presence.

And in the valleys I have observed your tranquility;

In the caves I have touched your mysteries.

That which they have attained

And that which they could not obtain

You are my sight and my discernment.

You are my knowledge and my dream

You are my hunger and my thirst.

You are my sorrow and my joy

 

Rhyme Rhyme Words
aabcPlains, mountains;

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