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What are the poetic devices used in the poem Ariel?

What are the poetic devices used in the poem Ariel?

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    1. Allusion: The poet alludes to Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest, as in the play an air-spirit is named “Ariel” who has magical powers. In the poem and in her real life, Plath named her beloved horse Ariel.

    Another allusion in the poem is of “Lady Godiva”, a noblewoman who rode her horse naked for her husband to lift the taxes imposed on oppressed people. In the poem, she refers to her as “White/ Godiva”.

    1. Asyndeton: Lines 5-6 and lines 9-11 carry omission of words known as Asyndeton.

    1. Enjambment: The poet uses Enjambment throughout the poem some examples are in line 1-3, and lines 8 and 9.

    1. Imagery: The poet uses heavy imagery throughout the poem, some examples are lines 10-15.

    1. Metaphor: In line 23, the poet refers to herself as glitter of seas which shows the femininity of sea and her becoming one with nature.

    1. Synecdoche:  Parts of something that represents the whole, in this poem, line 17 describes “Thighs, hair” that represents the speaker’s entire body.

    1. Hyperbole: “The child’s cry melt into the walls” is an exaggerated statement.

    Ariel summary

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