What is the impact of beginning the poem with a question in “The Heart of the Tree” by Henry Cuyler Bunner? What is the figure of speech used here?
When the poet begins the poem with a question, as an immediate effect it leaves the readers pondering on what might be the answer. It makes us curious to know the perspective from which the poet sees it.
In our present poem, ‘The Heart of the Tree’, the question ‘What does he do who plants a tree?’ is rather simple and common. We all know that the man who plants a tree also helps other people and animals live on earth. But we get interested to find out something new that the poet might bring to the regular argument. And Bunner does so by arguing that the man ‘plants a friend of the sun and sky’, ‘plants a flag of breezes free’ and so on. This new perspective of thought is what we are amazed at. And the poet is successful in doing so by opening the poem with a question.
The figure of speech used here is rhetorical question. For all figures of speech used here please visit this link: Figure of Speech / Poetic Devices in the poem ‘The Heart of the Tree’?