Asked • 04/17/19

Doesn't Burns' use of parallelism reinforce "My Heart's in the Highlands" visual images?

Here is "My Heart's in the Highlands" by Robert Burns (https://www.bartleby.com/360/8/24.html). > My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here; My heart’s in > the Highlands a-chasing the deer;  Chasing the wild deer, and > following the roe.  My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go.  > Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,  The birthplace > of valor, the country of worth;  Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,  > The hills of the Highlands forever I love.  Farewell to the > mountains high covered with snow;  Farewell to the straths and green > valleys below;  Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;  > Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.  My heart ’s in the > Highlands, my heart is not here;  My heart’s in the Highlands > a-chasing the deer;  Chasing the wild deer, and following the roe.  > My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go. Here is my question: does the author's use of parallelism reinforce the poem's strong visual images? The book says parallelism only adds to the poem's rhythm and elicits an emotional response from the reader with only such explanation about images: > In this poem, parallelism does not affect the strong visual images in > any way Why not? For example, in this excerpt, doesn't it help to produce stronger images by applying the same structure of lines? > Farewell to the mountains high covered with snow; Farewell to the > straths and green valleys below; Farewell to the forests and > wild-hanging woods; Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring > floods.

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