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I need help on identifying and explaining the impact of the poetry devices used in this...

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jnchow | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 10, 2012 at 9:56 PM via web

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I need help on identifying and explaining the impact of the poetry devices used in this poem provided below, as well as the effect of imagery.

I don`t want my children to see the Earth die,

Without fish swim and without birds fly,

With no air for breathing, no water to drink,

When global conditions will make the land sink.


I don`t want emissions to stay in the air,

To fill our lungs and to spread everywhere,

To cause global warming, submerging the land!

To stop all this mess we should lend our hand!


The nature is dying together with us,

We wouldn`t exist here but for the green grass…

We must prevent nature from saying «farewell»-

In case it is dying, we`re dying as well!


What could human beings` activities mean –

To make our planet one big rubbish bin?!

No matter that you may be only a teen –

It`s never too early or late to be green!


To show our children the beauty of life;

To help polar bears and pandas survive;

To claim to the world that this talk should gain weight

Let`s firstly take part in the global debate!

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted June 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM (Answer #1)

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The word "imagery" has to do with the five senses of touch, taste, sight, sound and smell. The author of this poem uses all of these to help get his/her point across about all of us being more active in the debate about global warming and the effects of harsh chemicals in the atmosphere. Touch and Taste are represented in line 3 when the author brings to the reader's mind "With no air for breathing, no water to drink." Everyone knows what it feels like to need air to breathe and what water tastes like, so this is a good image to present one's position in the debate. When the speaker says "...will make the land sink" (4) and "submerging the land" (7), the images of sight and sound come into play as one might picture what happens during an earthquake. Finally, the image of smell might best be shown in the line that says, "To make our planet one big rubbish bin" (14). Another element of poetry that the author uses is hyperbole by presenting the extremes of possible effects of global warming.


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