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Literary Devices in Poetry

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Valeria De Leon

on 16 March 2014

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Transcript of Literary Devices in Poetry

Literary Devices in Poetry
Giving human qualities to animals, objects, or abstract ideas.
Expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but must be learned as a whole.
Comparison of 2 unlike things, usually saying one is the other
The sky is low
The sky is sad, the clouds are mean,
A traveling flake of snow
Across a barn or through a rut
Debates if it should go.
A narrow wind complains all day
How some one treated him;
Nature, like us, is sometimes caught
Without her diadem.
Emily Dickinson

The test was a piece of cake.
When people say something is a piece of cake, they mean it is very easy.

Love Is
Love is a burning candle
It's not always easy to handle
It burns, but it's still beautiful
And it makes celebrations oh so meaningful

It's a sunset
Burning with romance
It's a song...
That makes you want to dance...
Comparison between 2 unlike things using the words "like" or "as."
Sadness Is. . .
As bleak as the sky when its cloudy and gray
As rough as the sea on a windy day
As tough as the skin on an elephant's trunk
As stinky as the smell of an angry skunk
As dark as the sky on a starless night
And it stings just as much as an animal's bite.
A word that imitates the sound it represents. Words like “slurp,” “bang,” and “crash” are also onomatopoeia words. Even some ordinary words like “whisper” and “jingling” are considered onomatopoeia.
The rusty spigot
The rusty spigot
utters a splutter,
spatters a smattering of drops,
gashes wider;
splatters, scatters
finally stops sputtering
and plash!
gushes rushes splashes
clear water dashes.
Eve Merriam
An exaggeration or overstatement.
In a house the size of a postage stamp
lived a man as big as a barge.
His mouth could drink the entire river
You could say he was rather large
For dinner he would eat a trillion beans
And a gallon full of grain,
He washed it down with a tank of milk
As if he were a drain.
Putting 2 contradictory words together.
134th Sonnet
I find no peace, and all my war is done
I fear and hope; I burn and freeze like ice,
I flee above the wind, yet I cannot arise

Sir Thomas Wyatt
Lend me a hand please.
Lending someone a hand means helping someone.
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