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Bethany Lightfoot

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Robert Louis Stevenson Biographical Information Stylistic Information... "Summer Sun" "Summer Sun" by Robert Louis Stevenson Stylistic Evidence... Why "Summer Sun?" Simile Personification Metaphor Rhyme Early Years... Stevenson's Death... A Few Publications... Stevenson's Life...
*When Louis turned 17 he enrolled at Edinburgh University to study engineering; the dream his father had in mind for him.
and "Treasure Island" which is most famous throughout his children's literature. *Stevenson was buried on the top of Mount Vaea, as he had wished, above his hometown, Samoa. *Rhyming was a huge part of Stevenson's style in his poetry. Occasionally one might see metaphor or alliteration used, but rhyme was the one stylistic feature that stayed constant throughout each of Stevenson's poems. *If you need a good does of personification, ask Stevenson. He made sure he had an abundance of it in his poetry. Some of his poems were nothing but personification (i.e. "Summer Sun").
*While Stevenson did not use metaphors lavishly, they were still used.

*A simile is used in "My Shadow." Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven without repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic spider-clad,
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles,
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the Ivy's inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes. *"Summer Sun" is full of personification. The main focus of the story, the sun, is personified throughout the whole work. The sun is given many human-like characteristics such as slipping "...his golden fingers" through chinks in houses in lines 7 and 8.
*Out of all the poems I have read by Stevenson, "Summer Sun" is the best example of his style. While it lacks simile or alliteration (which was not all too common his is poetry), it has a plethora of rhyme, personification, and a hint of metaphor as well. *Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850 to Thomas, a lighthouse engineer in Scotland, and Margaret Balfour who came from a family of lawyers and church ministers. *By this time, he knew he wanted to be a writer. *However, he changed his course of study to law though never practiced. *First published work: an essay entitled "Roads." *Second publication was his first published volume. Title: "An Inland Voyage" published in 1878. *The two books Stevenson is most famous for are: the "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" *(known as his "breakthrough book" and published in1886) *Last published work: "The Ebb-Tide" published the year of Stevenson's death. *He died in December of the year 1894 *On his tombstone was written a portion of his poem "Requiem" (1887) *"Under the wide and starry sky, / dig the grave and let me lie..." *Rhyme: verse or poetry having correspondence in the terminal sounds of the lines. *Personification: the act of attributing human qualities to an animal, object, or abstraction. *An example of Stevenson's use of ryme can be found in "Envoy" published in 1913.
*Metaphor: A figure of speech applied to something that is not literally applicable, in order to suggest a resemblance.
*"The Land of Nod" has an example of metaphor. *Simile: A figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared.
*Similes were also not used copiously in Stevenson's writing, nevertheless, they were used.
*Rhyme is used in this poem, as in all of Stevenson's poems. *"The gardener of the World..." (l. 20) is an example of a metaphor that Stevenson uses. *"Great is the sun, and wide he goes / Through empty heaven without repose..." (ll. 1-2) *The rhyme scheme is aabbcc, etc.
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