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The Windhover Allusions & Cultural References
When poets refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.
Foreign Words and References
- Line 2: "Dauphin" is the French word for the crown prince, or the person who is next in line to be king.
- Line 11: "chevalier" is the French word for a knight.
- Line 12: "Sillion" is a made-up word, but it seems to be based on the French word "sillon," which is the furrow or small ditch that a plough cuts into the soil that seeds are planted into.