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My Heart Leaps Up David Crawford My Heart Leaps Up by William Wordsworth is a poem that was written simply to express the poets awe and reverence for the beauty of the world surrounding him The tone of the poem is passionate Wordsworth talks about how his heart leaps at the sight of a rainbow and exclaims how he would prefer death to losing his appreciation for the beauty of nature Wordsworth uses various rhythmic and stylistic techniques and figurative images in this poem to convey his exuberant love of nature The rhythm language and imagery of the poem help the reader to understand its message The poem begins with a pleasant flowing rhythm in the first five lines The poet uses certain words and phrases in the first two lines to uplift the readers thoughts and emotions Phrases such a My heart leaps up and Rainbow in the sky are meant to cause the readers emotions to soar upward with the poets as he describes his exuberant appreciation for nature In the third fourth and fifth lines the poet uses the technique of repetition changing only the tense of each line Each of the three lines starts with the word So and then uses the past present and future tense respectively to continue the thought- So was it So is it and So be it The use of similar language in each line gives the sense of continuity and sameness which the poet desires to have throughout his life in terms of his own appreciation of nature In the fifth and sixth lines the gentle and uplifting flow of the poem changes abruptly when the poet vows to retain his love of nature even in his old age He says So be it when I shall grow old Or let me die The abrupt language the use of the exclamation point and the indentation of this line give
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