Analysis Of Monologue For An Onion By Jane Kenyon

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Figurative language is a non-literal tool heavily used by writers, Suji Kwock Kim & Jane Kenyon, in the poems "Monologue for an Onion" and "The Suitor" respectively. While Kim utilizes the metaphorical side of the onion to speak through misguided epiphanies, Kenyon uses simile to reveal emotion behind a much less destructive screen. The two poems rely on the ominous use of word play and metaphorical meaning to come across very different existential realizations. An unsettling balance takes place between the comparison between two poems, the influence of figurative language being what would tip the scale between sorrow and bliss. In Kim's "Monologue for an Onion" you are lead into the idea of the onion itself being the speaker in the poem,

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