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What literary devices and style does the author use in "Those Winter Sundays"?

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sexylindsay | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 24, 2008 at 2:38 AM via web

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What literary devices and style does the author use in "Those Winter Sundays"?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 24, 2008 at 11:53 PM (Answer #1)

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Perhaps the strongest literary devices used in this poem are symbolism and imagery. As for imagery, we can almost feel the heat from the fire or the pain of the "cracked hands that ached" and hear the thawing out of the "cold splintering, breaking." As for symbolism, the father's actions in the poem are a symbol of love without having to say the words.

This poem has no set rhythm or end-of-line rhyme; there is some internal rhyme with the words "banked" and "thanked." It has 14 lines, like a sonnet, but it does not follow any of the conventional sonnet forms.

Other devices the poet uses include: personification, in the "chronic angers of that house"; and alliteration, in the repetition of the "k" sound (ached, cracked, banked, thanked, etc.) and in the repetition of "s" sounds.

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