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  1. Following poetic devices have been used in the poem A Father to His Son: Metaphor- A metaphor directly refers to one thing by mentioning another. Example- “Life is a soft loam” Personification- Personification is a figure of speech in which an idea or thing is given human attributes and/or feelingsRead more

    Following poetic devices have been used in the poem A Father to His Son:

    1. Metaphor- A metaphor directly refers to one thing by mentioning another. Example- “Life is a soft loam”
    2. Personification– Personification is a figure of speech in which an idea or thing is given human attributes and/or feelings or is spoken of as if it were human. Examples- “lazy days”, “a world resenting change”
    3. Alliteration- It is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of closely connected words. Examples- “frail flower”, “whatever the white lies”
    4. Enjambment– It is the continuation of a sentence to multiple lines. Many of the sentences in this poem span multiple lines and are therefore of this nature.
    5. Repetition- It is the repetition of a word or a phrase in the poem for poetic effect. Throughout this poem, the phrase “Tell him” is repeatedly used to emphasize the poet’s instructions.

    Summary of the Poem a Father to His Son by Carl August Sandburg

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  1. Through this poem, the poet provides moral advice that a father might give his son. A father must tell his son to be both strong and gentle. He must not be greedy or waste time, and he must learn from his mistakes. Most of all, he must be true to himself so he can push forward and bring change to thRead more

    Through this poem, the poet provides moral advice that a father might give his son. A father must tell his son to be both strong and gentle. He must not be greedy or waste time, and he must learn from his mistakes. Most of all, he must be true to himself so he can push forward and bring change to the world. The poet provides us with many life lessons that anyone can follow to become a good and successful human being.

    Summary of the Poem a Father to His Son by Carl August Sandburg

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