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    • POEM: To A Young Child by Gerard Manley Hopkins (11/24/2009 5:26:00 AM)

      Hopkins has used repetition of the frontal vowel sound [i] that suggests smallness as in words like mini, nickel, giggle, jiffy, little, teensy weensy, etc in the first three lines, to show the reader that, Margaret, a small child, has a very small mind, that is why she is crying over the falling leaves of the Fall /Autumn season.
      The author also uses Confusion which is in conjunction with repetition. It refers to a strange combination of compound words so as to establish a relationship that would not otherwise exist under normal conditions. The idea of 'wanwood' may be confusing to the reader. However it is used in this context to bring out and intensify the amount of sadness that is in Margaret as well as in the branches from which the leaves are falling.