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The Hippopotamus. By: T.S Eliot. Thesis. T.S Eliot uses the hippo as a metaphor for a representation of his new found religion of the church. Language/Stylistic Techniques. Juxtaposition: Stanza 6 compares the church and the hippo opposites

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The hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus

By: T.S Eliot


Thesis

Thesis

  • T.S Eliot uses the hippo as a metaphor for a representation of his new found religion of the church


Language stylistic techniques

Language/Stylistic Techniques

  • Juxtaposition: Stanza 6 compares the church and the hippo opposites

  • Mood: Starts from nervous (2nd Stanza, 2nd line), to disappointed (4th Stanza, 1st-2nd lines) and then to relief (6th stanza, 4th line)

  • Allusion to heaven- 8th Stanza, 3rd line

  • After the mood is to set to relief, the tone is then permanently set to a softer, heavenly tone- Stanza 7, line 3


Sound

Sound

  • ABAB rhyme scheme

  • Repetition of the “True Church” or “Church”

  • Alliteration: Beginning of the poem (Flesh, frail, fail, for, and feeble)

  • The rhythm has 7-9 syllables per line


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • T.S Eliot used the hippopotamus as a metaphor to represent his new religion


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