Appreciate the poem
Anthropomorphism means to endow a non- human character with human traits and behaviour. For example: Throughout the poem, we see the spider and the fly behave like human beings. We see a pantry, bed, mirror, and stairs and so on.
Figures of speech
1. Consonance: Repetition of similar consonant sounds in the neighbouring words.
(e.g.) T’is the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
Pick out one more instance of consonance from the poem.
Down in the hill Sat the little doggie Nell There she dillied and she dallied all Day, Day, Day
2. Assonance: Repetition of similar vowel sounds in the neighbouring words
(e.g.) ‘T is the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
Pick out one more instance from the poem.
The cat ran after the alligator, past the pastry shop and the alleyway.
3. Anaphora: Repetition of a word or a phrase at the beginning of a sequence of sentences, paragraphs and lines.
(e.g.) How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
"that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth"
Identify the figures of speech.
”Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!”
4. Alliteration: Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words
Pick out the words in alliteration.
“Sweet creature!” said the Spider, “You’re witty and you’re wise,”
Line 5: 'O,no,no!"
Line 30: 'come hither, hither, pretty fly
Line 36: Thinking only .... purple hue
Line 37: Thinking only of .... foolish thing!
Alliteration: Repetition of initial consonant sounds.
Line 7: Soaring up so high [/s/ sound is repeated]
Line 19: You're witty and you're wise [/w/sound is repeated]
Consonance: Repetition of similar consonant sounds in neighbouring words.
Line 2: 'Tis is the prettiest little parlour' [/t/ is repeated]
Line 16: 'I'm sure you're very welcome; will you please to take a slice?" [/v/,/w/ is repeated]
Line 42: idle, silly, flattering talk [/l/sound is repeated]
Assonance: Repetition of similar vowel sounds:
Line 2:"Tis the prettiest little parlour [/i/ sound is repeated]
Line 9:"Curtains drawn around [/aw/sound is repeated]
Elision: Omission of a sound or syllable.
In words like ne'er, you're, I've, you'll etc the poet has omitted a sound or syllable to maintain the rhythm by dropping it wherever necessary.