Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Writing Styles in The Arsenal at Springfield

This Study Guide consists of approximately 28 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Arsenal at Springfield.
This section contains 648 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Arsenal at Springfield Study Guide

Metaphor

The most obvious technique that Longfellow uses is metaphor. The organ of war comes to life from the moment he describes the guns as a musical instrument. This thought is compelling, especially since it is a contradictory metaphor. The idea of using a peaceful instrument to describe items that are used to create violence immediately engages the reader's attention. However, Longfellow takes it several steps further by sustaining the metaphor. The "huge organ" with its "burnished arms" takes on an even more sinister connotation when the "death-angel touches those swift keys!" Once this horrendous piece of death machinery is activated, the war organ seems to explode into the "awful symphonies," which drown out the "loud lament" of people who are suffering. As Longfellow takes his readers through the history of human warfare, he continues to speak in musical terms. There is a "fierce chorus" composed of "cries of...

(read more)

This section contains 648 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Arsenal at Springfield Study Guide
Copyrights
Poetry for Students
The Arsenal at Springfield from Poetry for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.