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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 S o l i t u d e . by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. double click to change this header text! Angel Ezeh. Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone;For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.Sing, and the hills will answer; Sigh, it is lost on the air;The echoes bound to a joyful sound, But shrink from voicing care.Rejoice, and men will seek you; Grieve, and they turn and go;They want full measure of all your pleasure, But they do not need your woe.Be glad, and your friends are many; Be sad, and you lose them all,There are none to decline your nectared wine, But alone you must drink lifes gall.Feast, and your halls are crowded; Fast, and the world goes by.Succeed and give, and it helps you live, But no man can help you die.There is room in the halls of pleasure For a large and lordly train,But one by one we must all file on Through the narrow aisles of pain. When you're happy, the world joins your joy.But, cry? And you're on your own.Because this old Earth must borrow happiness; but, deals withenough problems of its own.You can sing and the hills will sing back in joy,but sob and no one will hear.Echoes will race to repeat a joyous sound,But shudder from speaking comfort. This poem uses a large numberof poetic devices. The poetic devices used are purposeful to give the poem its rhythm and tone. There's a lot of internal and end rhyme.Metaphor's are also used to compare unlikethings ("The echoes bound to a joyful sound").Wilcox also uses assonance, personification,The connotation is one of bitter solitude towardsthe things that have abandoned her and the diction is complex and sarcastic. Rhyme Scheme: ABABCB
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