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Who is the speaker of the poem "When Great Dogs Fight" by Melvin B. Tolson? And what...

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Who is the speaker of the poem "When Great Dogs Fight" by Melvin B. Tolson? And what are four literary devices found in the poem?

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portd | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 7, 2013 at 8:35 PM (Answer #2)

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The speaker of the poem "When Great Dogs Fight" by Melvin B. Tolson is a third person narrator (a third person point of view - POV) who observes the action taking place and gives his thoughts on what the mindset of this dog (mongrel) is as the dog lives its life in the shadow of more powerful dogs.

One literary device found in this poem is the use of "End Rhyme":

     He came from a dead-end world of under breed,

     A mongrel in his look and in his deed.

Another literary device used in this poem is "Alliteration", as in this line with two consecutive words starting with the letter "p"...

     When dwarfing pedigrees paraded by.

A third literary device used in this poem is the use of "Internal Rhyme", within words and within the same line:

     The izzard cur, accurst of dogs and men,

 

A fourth literary device that the poet uses is "Imagery", which enables the reader to take in more fully and with more comprehension the scene being described...

   Singeing the hedges with his buttercup hue.

The reader, with this imagery, can see in their mind's eye the mongrel running up the street.

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