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To S. M. A Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works Analysis

Author: Poetry of Phillis Wheatly Type: Poetry Views: 386

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TO show the lab'ring bosom's deep intent,

And thought in living characters to paint,

When first thy pencil did those beauties give,

And breathing figures learnt from thee to live,

How did those prospects give my soul delight,

A new creation rushing on my sight?

Still, wond'rous youth! each noble path pursue,

On deathless glories fix thine ardent view:

Still may the painter's and the poet's fire

To aid thy pencil, and thy verse conspire!

And may the charms of each seraphic theme

Conduct thy footsteps to immortal fame!

High to the blissful wonders of the skies

Elate thy soul, and raise thy wishful eyes.

Thrice happy, when exalted to survey

That splendid city, crown'd with endless day,

Whose twice six gates on radiant hinges ring:

Celestial Salem blooms in endless spring.

Calm and serene thy moments glide along,

And may the muse inspire each future song!

Still, with the sweets of contemplation bless'd,

May peace with balmy wings your soul invest!

But when these shades of time are chas'd away,

And darkness ends in everlasting day,

On what seraphic pinions shall we move,

And view the landscapes in the realms above?

There shall thy tongue in heav'nly murmurs flow,

And there my muse with heav'nly transport glow:

No more to tell of Damon's tender sighs,

Or rising radiance of Aurora's eyes,

For nobler themes demand a nobler strain,

And purer language on th' ethereal plain.

Cease, gentle muse! the solemn gloom of night

Now seals the fair creation from my sight.


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The poem “To S.M. A Young African Painter” is definitely using rhyme as the poem form. As you read through the whole poem, you can strongly feel the rhyme of each two lines: intent/paint; give/live; delight/sight; pursue/view; skies/eyes; survey/day; ring/spring; along/song; blessed/ invest; away/ day; move/above; flow/glow; sighs/eyes; strain/plain; night/sight. Because rhyme has the repetition of the same or similar sounds at the end of two or more words most often at the end of lines.
However, there are different rhymes in the poem, so there are variations on rhyme in this poem. Most of the two lines are using full rhyme or exact or perfect rhyme in which the correspondence of rhymed sounds is exact, as in give/live in line 3 and 4, skies-eyes in line 10 and 11, ring/spring in line 14 and 15, along/song in line 16 and 17, sighs/eyes in line 3 and 4 of the second stanza, strain /plain in line 5 and 6 of the second stanza , night/sight in line 7 and 8 of the second stanza. The first two lines are using . In the last two lines of the first stanza, “On what seraphic pinions shall we move, and view the landscape in the realms above?”, it is using eye rhyme because move/above doesn’t sound similar, but they look similar. All rhymes lead a function of making words stand out from the poem.

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