Wordplay in Patterns

Wordplay Examples in Patterns :

Patterns 1

"flashing from his sword-hilt..."   (Patterns)

The “flashing sword-hilt” innuendo suggests that this stanza is the speaker’s sexual fantasy and expression of her obstructed desires. The buckles and heavy-boots that describe the rest of the man’s outfit cast him as a symbol for manliness and military prowess.