The Sloth Poem Analysis

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The Sloth
The author of the Sloth is Theodore Roethke. The title shows that the whole poem will be based on the sloth and how it lives. In this poem the author uses figurative language such as personification, imagery and metaphors as well as sound devices like rhyme schemes, repetition and alliteration to emphasize and explain what the sloth does in the poem and how it lives.
The author Roethke is basically annoyed of how things are slow in this world and he is trying to tell us that he wants the world to go a little faster or to move a little faster, by the world I mean the people that either live in this world or near him.
First, the speaker starts by saying that the sloth is so slow that there isn’t any animal that can compete with the slowness of the sloth, but the speaker isn’t just speaking about the slowness of his movement, he is also talking about the slowness of thought. For example: " you
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This proves the sloths laziness and his lack of caring to others because he is asking them a question and he is thinking about it for a year, as he doesn’t care at all. This also proves that the sloth is lazy because as written in the poem the sloth: "he will think about it for a year" This proves that the sloth is extremely slow as described in this metaphor.

Personification is used in some of the stanzas in the poem. The author personifies sloths as human beings because things are going slow for him in his life and he wants everything to be faster, because of this he personifies humans as sloths for being very slow.

The rhyme scheme is used in every end of word in each stanza for example: " in stanza one pear, ear, year, stanza two, word, bird, hear, stanza three, lug, smug, hug, in stanza four, goes, toes, knows. Every word in each stanza has the same letter in each
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