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I need help with language analysis for Shakespeare’s The Tempest ~ Ferdinand says : “Hear my soul speak: The very instant that I saw you, did / My heart fly to your service .. make me slave to it, and for your sake Am i this patient log man”?

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You could look at ideas surrounding freedom and imprisonment? Link how love (or Miranda) is seen as a freeing force? Any analysis of Ferdinand should be looking at the language of love, primarily. The passage this is taken from is part of a dialogue between him and Miranda - it is filled with beautiful lines of imagery. Try considering use of metaphor, personification and form/metre! Hope that helps a little 😊.

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Ferdinand is describing how his feelings for Miranda have put her in a position of power over him; he desires to serve her, presumably to please and delight her. This is significant as he is a prince, meaning his needs are usually served by others. “Hear my soul speak” and “my heart fly” are metaphors, and the former is an example of personification; the soul is given human characteristics (it does not literally speak). “The very instant that I saw you” is hyperbole; the language is exaggerated for effect. Shakespeare uses enjambement in this line after “did” (and later after “sake”); the line runs on to the next without punctuation or a syntactical break. This is for emphasis; it highlights the emotive language. You may find this list of literary techniques useful: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/guides/zpr49j6/revision/1

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