To One In Paradise Figurative Language

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Figures of Speech In “To One in Paradise,” Poe utilizes a myriad of poetic techniques, both mechanical and figurative. Apostrophe is prevalent throughout the piece, as the speaker talks to a deceased woman whom he once loved. Other literary devices Poe uses include metaphors. Saying that the woman's love was, "A green isle in the sea" ...(lines 3-6). Furthermore, the last two lines from the preceding passage include a blatant example of alliteration, with "fountain," "fairy," "fruits," and "flowers." Finally, Poe uses negative connotations whenever possible. As an example, rather than saying, "weeping willow”, he writes, "where weeps the silver willow," in the 32nd line again using personification and the aforementioned negativity. Symbolism Shrine, dream Imagery Without hesitation the poem launches into a powerful imagery. In the first stanza this literary device is employed thoroughly to establish the narrator’s ultimate sanctuary. …show more content…

Poe sympathizes with the woe of losing one’s dream, therefore this poem is a candid representation of a person’s fleeting affliction. The first stanza crafts a heavenly scenario portraying a “green isle in the sea” with “fruits and flowers”. At the end of the verse the speaker claims the flowers are all his. This suggests the narrator is confident and holds authority over this utopian expanse. The next stanza introduces a darkening element. Jaded hopes and shattered dreams hold the speaker back undeterred by the future’s calling for the him to move on with his life. “A voice from out the Future cries, "Onward!"- but o'er the Past”. The third stanza reveals how the speaker is grief stricken as he believes he can not, and will not get better. In the last stanza, spiritual death is illustrated for the second time. It is stressed that his spirit will drift on for eternity, also implying that his pain is not yet relieved, and probably never will

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