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What poetic devices are used in Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Dreamland"?

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nicoolx14 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM via web

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What poetic devices are used in Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Dreamland"?

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jmj616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted April 13, 2010 at 6:23 AM (Answer #1)

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Edgar Allan Poe uses a variety of poetic devices in his dark, haunting poem, "Dreamland."  Here are some of them. 

1) Rhyme: The poem consists of rhyming couplets, meaning that line a and b rhyme, lines c and d rhyme, and so on.

2) Rhythm: Most of the poem's line contain 8 syllables.

3) Alliteration: Poe often packs a line with words that begin with the same consonant sound.  For example:

wild wierd

Bottomless vales and boundless floods

dews that drip all over

4) Assonance: Poe sometimes packs a line with words that have the same vowel sound in the middle position.  For example:

wild weird clime that lieth sublime

Their still waters--still and chilly

5) Personification: Poe describes non-human entities as if they were human.  For example, he writes that "NIGHT,/ on a black throne reigns upright."

6) Allusion: Poe uses references to literature and mythology.  Look up the origin of Titan and Eldorado

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