Poetic Devices In Six Memory Poem

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Memories Through Metaphors According to Wystan Hugh Auden, “Rhymes, meters, stanza forms, etc., are like servants. If the master is fair enough to win their affection and firm enough to command their respect, the result is an orderly happy household. If he is too tyrannical, they give notice; if he lacks authority, they become slovenly, impertinent, drunk and dishonest.” Wystan explains perfectly how the use of poetic devices affects the poem. He shows that poetic devices are important and if the poet does not use them correctly, they will not work well and will make the poem worse. His description correlates to the six memory poems and how each poet’s use of devices changes the way they look at memories. Some use it to create a feeling of happiness and joy, while others for reminiscing and sadness. Devices in poetry help move the poem along and gives something the reader can relate with. The use of repetition, personification, and imagery develops the speaker’s attitude toward memories in different ways in each poem. The use of repetition puts on an emphasis on a something important that the poet wants to be repeated and remain constant throughout the poem. It can help show the feeling and most valued part of a memory. In source A, the narrator repeats himself saying, “Tonight I can write the saddest lines,” (Neruda). This line consistently appears throughout the poem to remind the reader of the sadness accompanying the memory. The mood of the poem is also supported by
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