Sonnet 3 Summary

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Stanza 3
The last two stanzas have given the poem a feeling of peacefulness and quiet because there was no sound and movement but the silence was broken by the shake of bells in stanza 3. We know that “harness bells” are man-made object, thus it represents civilization and civilization reminds the persona of his obligation. It shows us visual and auditory image with the regular movement and softness of the bells shaking. Stanza 3, line 9 shows us that the persona’s subconscious is now provided with voices. The “shakes of bells” here contrast with the word “little” in stanza 2. Although the sound is soft but it is louder than the “little” horse’s thoughts. It means that the sense of obligation and promises are getting louder and louder. It
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From the third stanza, line 3, we can discover the use of alliteration. Alliteration can be defined as the repetition of the same sound which is placed close to each other. From the aforementioned line, the gentle sound of wind can be heard from the alliteration of “sound’s the sweep.” It is nearly as silent as the falling of the snow. It is as if the nature is trying to soothe away the persona’s worries about his obligations. From line 4 in stanza 3, there is also something very lulling about the "easy wind and downy flake”. It suggests that the natural world is very compelling. As soon as his subconscious is trying to rush the persona to return to his promises, the easy wind and downy flake are trying to convince the persona to stay. We can hear the sounds of nature fighting with the sounds of promises and civilization. It can be seen from the poet state of mind that nature is very powerful in this poem but his subconscious is winning too. Tactile imagery is once again used as we can see from the line “Of easy wind and downy flake.” Easy wind slowly caresses your skins and downy flake dripping softly on your skins. The persona’s mood may be affected by the soothing and calming effects of the beauty of
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