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The Forge

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Renay Long

on 2 December 2015

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Transcript of The Forge

Onomatopoeia
Form
Sonnet (Italian/Petrarchan)
14 lines
Two parts: octave and sestet
The Forge
"The hammered anvil's short-pitched ring"

"Or hiss when a new shoe toughens in water "
Seamus Heaney
Typical Rhyme Scheme
Rhyme Scheme of
The Forge
The Portrait of the Blacksmith..
Octave:
abbacddc
Sestet:
efgfef
Octave:
abbaabba
Sestet:
cdecde
cdcdcd
cdccdc
Images
"Outside, old axles and iron hoops rusting"
"The unpredictable fantail of sparks"
"Horned as a unicorn, at one end square"
Inferred to be older
Slowly losing his job
Simile
"Horned as a unicorn"
Images (cont.)
"All I know is a door into the dark"
"Sometimes, leather-aproned, hairs in his nose"
"Of hoofs where traffic is flashing in rows"

Lays foundation for rest of poem
Shows blacksmith is not in a happy time of his life
His job is becoming less important to society
By: Renay Long
Meaning
Contrasts between the old and modern world
The value of the blacksmiths job
The Octave and the Sestet
Octave:
Focuses on the equipment and what goes on around the forge

Sestet:
Focuses on the blacksmith himself and the job he performs
Alliteration
"Then grunts and goes in"
"Door into the dark"
"He leans out on the jamb"

Synesthesia
Definition:
Fusing different senses while describing only one.
Works Cited
http://www.chaparralpoets.org/devices.pdf
Enjambment
Examples
Definition:
Continuation of a sentence without pause beyond the end of a line
"The unpredictable fantail of sparks/Or hiss when a new shoe toughens in water"
"Set there immoveable; an altar/Where he expends himself in shape and music"
Symbol
"Set there immoveable: an altar/Where he expends himself in shape and music"
The anvil represents an altar
Saying the atmosphere is almost holy
"Or hiss when a new shoe toughens in water"
"He leans out on the jamb, recalls a clatter/Of hoofs where traffic is flashing in rows"
Examples
Assonance
Iron hoops
Horned as a unicorn
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