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In his "Letter to Sarah Ballou," Major Sullivan Ballou uses diction, syntax, and imagery to create a tone of profound, yet deferential, love and tribute. His words are carefully selected and interposed to portray the depth of his feelings. Ballou's love for his country and his love for his wife, Sarah, both permeate through the letter and linger in his words. Through his expressions of these loves, he pays abundant homage to both subjects.
"Sarah my love for you is deathless..." Ballou's selection of words throughout his letter clearly shows the intensity of his love for his wife. He professes that although he may die, his love would never. "But, O Sarah! if the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the gladdest days and in the darkest nights...always, always." Through his endless love Ballou reminisces the "blissful moments" he had spent with his wife. By asserting his being "most gratified to God and to you" for these moments, Ballou pays homage to Sarah. His love is not condescending and it does not take his wife for granted. It is out of this love that spring deference and honor throu
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