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What are the poetic devices used in the poem Song of the Flower?

What are the poetic devices used in the poem Song of the Flower?

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    • Enjambment – enjambment is when the line is continued onto the next line without any pause. In the poem, the poet uses enjambment in the first stanza to create an internal connection between the ideas.
    • Imagery- imagery is the use of words by a poet to paint a picture in the minds of the reader. Imagery can be of various types; tactile, olfactory, auditory, gustatory and visual. The poet creates multiple visual images in the poem to highlight the vibrancy of nature. For instance, visual imagery is present in the lines “The plains are decorated with/ My beautiful colors,” and “the rhythmic swaying of the grass.”
    • Personification– personification is used when the poet gives human-like qualities to non-human objects. The poem personifies “Winter”, “Spring” and “Night” and gives them humanistic characteristics.
    • Metaphor- metaphor is used when the poet makes an undercut comparison between two things without using the words “like” or “as”. In the, the poet compares himself to numerous things and concepts. He compares himself to the “kind word” of nature, the “flower”and then the “star fallen”. He also compares stars to the “eyes of the Night”.
    • Symbolism- symbolism is when the poet uses words to symbolize a concept, person or idea in a poem. In this poem, the poet uses the words “ wedding wreath” to symbolize the marriage between two people.
    • Anaphora- anaphora is when a phrase is repeated in a stanza. In the poem, the phrase “I am” is repeated at the beginning of every line in the sixth stanza.
    • Repetition- Repetition is a literary device in which a word, phrase, or line is repeated for emphasis or effect. The word “I” and “I am” is repeated multiple times throughout the poem.
    • Allegory- allegory is a hidden meaning behind the poem, typically a moral meaning. In this poem, the poet tries to teach the readers the “wisdom which man must learn.” The moral of the poem is to focus on the good things in life and not worry about the negatives or problems.

    Song of the Flower Summary

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