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also employs a couple of additional tricks. To convey the father's
disapproval, the poet has the father use absolutes ("all," "worst")
in a kind of crescendo of hyperbolic ire.
Other than overstatement and rhyme, Yeats turns to no additional poetic devices until the last line. It's all "prose," and the prose exists for a reason.
that in the final line the poet reverses standard English syntax
(word order)—a technique known as anastrophe. The previous
line was prosaic enough with its simple, resonant expression, "his
the daughter say that her love's "eyes are as cold as
the March wind" (which would amount to standard English
syntax and which would emphasize the word "wind"),
Yeats reverses the order
ends with the more resonant word, "eyes." The very
organization of the line emphasizes the daughter's spellbound
the man who has provoked such disapproval in her father and others.
The simile ("cold as the March wind") is likewise rich.
Consider a March wind and how it differs from the
winds of other seasons. Consider also how the combination of
adjectives "beautiful" and "cold" serve to
characterize the man.