5 poems anyalized: use of poetic devices

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Poem Analysis

"Harlem Night Song"

In the poem, "Harlem Night Song", by Langston Hughes, Hughes uses many poetic devices including repetition. He uses repetition when he says, " come let us roam the night..." in the beginning. Then he says the same thing at the end. The way he uses repetition lets us see the poem a lot clearer. Also the repetition of these words helps him get his point across, that the night is a wonderful place with that special person.

"Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind"

"Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind", by William Shakespeare has many poetic devices including personification. Shakespeare uses personification by giving the wind human like feelings. When he addresses the wind by saying it as "thou" it gives it a human feeling that people can relate to. By using personification we have a much clearer vision of what Shakespeare is trying to address.

"If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking"

In Emily Dickinson's poem, If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking there is a use of the poetic device, rhyme scheme.

She uses the traditional rhyme scheme in the first stanza. In the second stanza, however, she breaks the rhyme scheme. At the end she repairs it, like she repairs a broken heart. Emily Dickinson is trying to get her point across that she would rather this person be happy than her. The rhyme scheme helps her with her point.

"The Road Not Taken"

In Robert Frost's famous poem, The Road Not Taken Frost uses a metaphor throughout the poem. When he say, " Two roads diverged in a yellow wood," he is referring to life and the choices we must make. The road less taken represents success. The road worn down is the road that leads to failure. This poem is...