Literary Devices In Edward Hirsch's Fast Break

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“Fast Break” is a poem written by Edward Hirsch. It is about basketball, specifically a play called the fast break. Hirsch uses literary devices such as vivid language and hyperboles to express his passion for the game. By using vivid language Hirsch conveys the extreme detail of the play. Using words such as “gangly”, “tandem”, and “inexplicably”, he creates a vivid motion picture in your mind as you read the poem. You can feel the intensity of the game as you read, it gives you an on edge feeling. By using the word tandem, Hirsch explains that the two players are together as one, they’re arranged with one in front of the other and fluent in motion. The word gangly elaborates on how the player is tall and thin and looks clumsy, but he defying
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