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The River God _ [Stevie Smith]

Structure and Form

Irregular line lengths + lack of breaks
One continuing stanza + non-metrical form
Ever flowing river

Long and short lines
River is changing shape, much like the narrators attitude keeps changing

Rhyming couplets
Deceiving just like surface of a river b/c…

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"The lady waits"
Doesn't belong in his world
He is condemned to loneliness
Never experiences love

"Go"
Enjambment places stress on the word
Fear and insecurity

"Fear", "her", "river"
Half-rhymes indicate lack of confidence and reveal insecurity

"Look at me with."
Holding back info.
Convincing himself as well as audience…

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