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"I took my Power in my Hand"

Proctor.2A.February 22, 2013
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Ellen Wallace

on 15 February 2013

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Transcript of "I took my Power in my Hand"

Literary Devices -alliteration: "went...World" & "but...bold"
to draw attention to the two phrases and their importance in the poem
-capitalization: “Power”, “Hand”, “World”, “Pebble”
to highlight the significance of these words to the development of the poem
-repetition: "my"
to emphasize that the speaker is acting only in their own ability
-end rhyme: "hand...had" & "world...bold"
to highlight the lines and their importance to the beginning of the poem
-extended metaphor: the speaker's situation to David & Goliath's battle
to allow readers to relate a well-known story to their dilemma with their life choices
-symbol: the "pebble" could stand for the speaker's action plan
to metaphorically relate a tangible object to the speaker's idea
-situational irony: one expects David to win but, in this case, he did not
to catch the readers' attention through this unexpected turn "I took my Power in my Hand" I took my Power in my Hand-
And went against the World-
'Twas not so much as David - had -
But I twice as bold -
I aimed my Pebble - but Myself
Was all the one that fell -
Was it Goliath - was too large-
Or was myself - too small? Literary Devices -parallelism: "was it Goliath-was too big-Or was I-too small"
to draw the audience's attention to the question that the speakers sends out to the void
-allusion: David & Goliath's battle
to allow the reader to relate the speaker's dilemma to a well-known Bible story
-synecdoche: "hand"
to make it seem as if the Power that God holds over our lives can simply be grasped by humans
-enjambment: every couplet
to allow solid thoughts to flow throughout the poem but also to enable different thoughts to be developed
-caesura: the many "-"s within the poem
to highlight many important phrases within the poem Theme The course of our lives cannot be taken into our own hands because we do not have the power to handle them on our own; we will ultimately be the one that falls. Personal Relation Ellen Drake Wallace Poetry Project Interpretation
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