Alliteration In The Poem Africa And Flying Man By Rabindranath Tagore

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The poems Africa and Flying Man by Rabindranath Tagore show the negative effects of man-made destruction. The destruction is the way they have mistreated the people of Africa, as well as changing the way nature used to be, from the peaceful harmonious nature to inventing more modernised technologies, making man seem more arrogant. The focus of the two poems is how man has destroyed the earth with their actions, and the poet does this by using imagery and figurative language.
In Africa, Tagore uses adjectives to emphasise the effect of man destroying Africa and its people. The word ‘shadowy’ creates a negative beginning to the stanza that introduces what is happening with the slavery, and it symbolises Africa turning into something dark, as
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In Africa, ‘wailed wordlessly’ sounds tragic, which emphasises that the slavers have not been treating the people properly and that slaves cannot speak because of how badly they were treated. ‘Midst of murderous insanity’ highlights the ‘s’ sounds and it sounds slower than the previous lines. This also brings up suspense to the next line of the stanza, so that we know how harsh man has been towards others that they would seek revenge on man. In Flying Man, there is a use of alliteration with the letter t in ‘a last full stop written in the fire’. In contrast to the alliteration in Africa, this sounds a lot faster so the reader stops after each word, and this shows the sudden pauses that the poet is trying to highlight as he wants all of these new inventions to stop because of how much it is destroying the peaceful nature he prefers. This helps readers to sense what is happening, that they are experiencing the man-made destruction that has happened to …show more content…
The emotions ‘hatred’ and ‘envy’ are described to ‘swell’. Using two emotions shows how angry some people are about the invention that their emotions stand out a lot and are able to make themselves swell. A ‘prayer’ is ‘stricken with pain’, showing that modernisation of the world is very severe and has affected everything, and even actions can feel like they have been hurt as well as emotions. This shows that man has been so full of pride about what they can achieve that they do not realise they are not treating nature like they should. Also this makes readers think about what they are doing and how it has not been beneficial to the world, and that we are destroying the world instead of improving

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