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Ballad Poem

We are Seven (William Wordsworth)


Literal Meaning:

The Literal meaning is about a boy who is talking about his dead brother (John) and sister (Jane) to a maid.


Image 1: “Two of us in the church-yard lie”
This meaning of this is this shows where the dead brother and sister lie, where their graves are

Image 2: “Then ye are only five”
Earlier in the poem, it states there were seven people. This means that that when the poem gets to the five people part, it signifies either two left, or died.

Image 3: “If they two are in heaven!”
This means that they are talking about John’s and Jane’s trip to heaven.

Lyric Device:
Device 1:
(“And where are they? I pray you tell.”
She answered, “Seven are we;
And two of us at Conway dwell,
And two are gone to sea.) [Line 24-28]. Rhyme Scheme

Device 2: “and she was a Wildly Clad” Oxymoron

Figurative devices:

Device 1: “Twas throwing words away…” Personification
Device 2: “My brother John was forced to go, And he lies by her side.” Euphemism


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