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What is the poem alluding to?
The North Star (a.k.a. Polaris)
Why does the author want to be like the star?
The star is never changing
Who wrote “Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art”
You can infer that the narrator in the poem is a what, because he is referring to the North Star?
A traveler (one who may be lost or adrift)
What type of figurative language is in lines 1-2 of the poem? (“Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art–/ not in lone splendour hung aloft the night,”)
Irony (in line 1 he is wanting to be like the star, but in line 2 he back-tracks and wants not to be like the star)
What type of figurative language is in line 3? (“and watching, with eternal lids apart,”)
In line 3 there is a transferred epithet (answer: transferred epithet)
transferred epithet (a literary device that can be described as an abnormal, unexpected change of two segments in a sentence)
What type of figurative language is in line 4? (“like natures patient, sleepless Eremite,”)
What is an Eremite?
What type of diction is “Eremite?”
What does ablution mean?
the act of washing one’s self
What is Keats view of humanity based on line 6?
very negative (humanity is a type of pollution that needs to be washed clean)
What type of diction does Keats use in line 7?
Archaic words (masque)
What figurative language is used in lines 7-8? (“on gazing on the new soft-fallen masque/ of snow upon the mountains and moors–)
metaphor (the “masque” is metaphorical)
What does the narrator admire about the star?
it is never changing, constant, and always watching (awake)
What type of figurative language is in line 12? (“Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,”)
oxymoron (unrest has a negative connotation, while sweet has a positive connotation)
What are the last two lines of the poem called?
What type of poem is “Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art”?
What type of diction is demonstrated in line 13 (“Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,)?
repetition (and alliteration and hyphenated words)
What type of sonnet is “Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art”?
Italian sonnet with a Shakespearean rhyme scheme
What meter is “Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art” written in?
What is at the beginning of line 10 that grabs your attention (“Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast.