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Poet’s use of language

  • Terms of the trade
  • Use of dialect to reflect the local geographical area
  • Onomatopoeia of ‘crook’ and ‘cracked’
  • Question and answer structure: direct speech
  • Use of rhyming couplets
  • The permanency of the stonemason’s work is suggested: ‘that the gales might drum/For centuries to come’
  • A majestic quality is bestowed onto the mason’s work: ‘Crowning the corner height’
  • The mason’s serious injuries and his sacrifice are depicted as he carries ‘as big a load as I could bear’
  • In stanza 5, the mason’s physical pain contrasts with the security of those living in the house that he built, but he shows no resentment, only pride in his workmanship