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What are the poetic devices used in the poem Sailing To Byzantium?

What are the poetic devices used in the poem Sailing To Byzantium?

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    Assonance: repetition of vowel sounds in one line.  The sound of ‘a’ was prominent in the line “An aged man is but a paltry thing.” Also the sound of ‘o’ in the line “my bodily form from any natural thing.” Alliteration: repetition of consonant sounds in the same line. The sound of ‘l’ in “To lords and ladies of Byzantium.” Enjambment: A line is suddenly cut off urging the reader to quickly jump to the next line. For instance, “And fastened to a dying animal/ It knows not what is is; and gather me/ Into the artifice of eternity.” Imagery:  It heightens a reader’s senses through the description of visual sights. In lines like “in one another’s arms, birds in the trees,” and “O sages standing in God’s holy fire.” Metaphor: literary device to compare two different things to assemble the common, for instance the poet compares himself to a scarecrow by saying “A tattered coat upon a stick, unless,” He further compares himself to a dying animal by saying “And fastened to a dying animal.” Personification: to associate human-like qualities in an abstract or non-human object. For example, “Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing.” Oxymoron: where two opposite terms appear in the same line. Sickness presents desire and desire indicates passion in line “Consume my heart away; sick with desire.” Sailing To Byzantium Summary

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