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The Piano

The Piano - Figures of Speech, Important Lines and Appreciation Questions

The Piano

 

Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;

Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see

A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings

And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.

 

In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song

Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong

To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside

And hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide.

 

So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamour

With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour

Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast

Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.

 

– D.H.Lawrence

Alliteration:

 SENTENCE
Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me  s
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see  t
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings  s
And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.  s
In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song  m
Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong  b
To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside  w
So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamour  s
With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour  g
Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast  m

 

Allusion:

 SENTENCEREFERENCE
With the great black piano appassionatoA particular piece of music considered by Beethoven to be his most tempestuous piano sonata

 

Simile:

 SENTENCE
Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past

 

Onomatopoeia:

 SENTENCE
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings
And hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide

 

Rhyme SchemeRhyme Words
aabbMe, see; strings, sings; song, belong; outside, guide; clamour, glamour; cast, past;

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