Two Poems and explanation of literary elements.

Essay by van_EcksHigh School, 10th gradeA+, January 2006

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Pictures

She said I'll throw myself away

they're just pictures after all

I can't...hang this on a wall

I can't...keep this up forever

Outside the frame

This is what we're leaving out

Metaphor - Comparing herself to pictures.

Metaphor - Comparing the relationship to pictures, staying the same forever.

End rhyme - "All" and "wall"

Alliteration - "What" and "we're"

Repetition - "I can't" is repeated twice

I used the two metaphors because I thought they were relevant to the situation in the poem. The end rhyme and the repetition helps with the flow of the poem. The alliteration smooths the last line out.

Mother

I have desires of sometimes being again

A little child

And in the hour that I am afflicted

I would wish of my mother

To embrace me, embrace me like she did

When I was still

A little child

I want to return to my old bedroom

And have you tell me a pretty story

So that I may fall asleep

When I was still

A little child

With a kiss on the cheek

I was comforted

Now I've grown

The distance between us has grown

And it may weigh more

And I'm sorry

But I know that I

Always and forever shall be

Your little child

Repetition- "Little child" is repeated many times

Repetition- "Embrace me" is repeated twice

Symbolism- The distance between person and parent grows

Symbolism- The distance between person and parent is heavier

Personification- Distance grows

I used repetition to highlight what I thought was important in the poem.

Symbolism is used to reflect the situation between the person and parent. Personification was used to help establish symbolism.