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Indicate and explain the poetic devices in "The Soul selects her own Society"?

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cenicienta | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 4, 2011 at 9:00 AM via web

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Indicate and explain the poetic devices in "The Soul selects her own Society"?

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 4, 2011 at 9:53 AM (Answer #1)

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This poem uses imagery (creating a picture in words) relating to two discrete areas: the narrator's life indoors shown in the first line, and then the seemingly glorious and elevated events of the outside world.

The opening line also uses sibilance (repetition of the "s" sound) which gives the poem a whispering, hushed tone to the poem. This is also used later in the poem.

The repetition (repeating a word) of "unmoved" illustrates the firmness with which the female soul chooses her associations and sticks with them.

The metaphor (describing one thing as another) of "closing the valves of her attention" is an unusual one: taking us right into the heart where such allegiances (or rejections) of others' are made.

The final simile (comparing one thing to another using like or as) of "Like stone" shows the determination of the soul in establishing her relationships, and the stubbornness with which she retains her position.

 

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