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What are the poetic devices used in the poem Listening?

What are the poetic devices used in the poem Listening?

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    1. Personification: This device is seen when the poet gives human qualities to inanimate objects. In this poem, the ocean has the human ability to have moods and the spirit is in harmony and sings the song of the person.
    2. Imagery: Imagery is most evidently seen in lines 12 and 13 where the poet proposes two contrasting images of painted trilliums and crisp pine cones right next to each other.
    3. Alliteration: The repetition of the same consonant sound twice in the same line is known as Alliteration. In this poem, the sounds of /w/, /l/, /m/, etc are repeated next to each other in lines seven, five, and eight.
    4. Metaphor: The poet compares the person to music, saying that he is music. And the song is a door.
    5. Symbolism: Trillium in this poem, is a flower that represents nature’s elegance and beauty.
    6. Enjambment: Line 4-5 are examples of Enjambment as the same thought is carried throughout both lines with a line breakage.

    Listening Summary

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