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nalamays | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 9, 2012 at 10:33 PM via web

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What is a poem that uses these 11 poetic devices alliteration, allusion, assonance, hyperbole, idiom, imagery, metaphor, onomatopoeia, oxymoron, personification, and simile?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM (Answer #1)

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This is a good question. I know that this sounds like a great challenge and it can be, if you pick a short poem. However, if you realize that there are longer poems, then you can certainly find all of these poetic devices and more. If you look at a poem like the Aeneid by Virgil, then you will find all of these. Let me give you a few examples.

The opening line of the poem "I sing of a man and arms..." is an allusion to Homer's two great works, the Odyssey and Iliad. The word, "arms" is a reference to the Trojan war and the word "man" is a reference to Odysseus. In many of the battle scenes there is the use of alliteration and assonance to get the sound of battle. Form and content match. In terms of personification, there is the personification of abstract qualities, such as Fury. Rivers are also personified. As you work through the poem you will find all of these poetic devices and more.

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drsuman | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted July 9, 2012 at 11:42 PM (Answer #2)

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christabel, love song of j. alfred prufrock, rime of the ancient mariner

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