Identify the figures of speech and explain the meaning of the following lines: "As the buzzard lands in splendor within inches of his prey he attacks the lifeless eyelids making sure death has its...

Identify the figures of speech and explain the meaning of the following lines:

"As the buzzard lands in splendor

within inches of his prey

he attacks the lifeless eyelids

making sure death has its way."

 

Identify the figures of speech and explain the meaning of the lines.

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The writer of these lines is using a specific rhyme scheme. This is an example of end rhyme, as the rhyme is found only at the end of certain lines. The rhyme scheme for these lines is ABCB, which is a very popular rhyming structure.

Also, the writer is using imagery, which is basically descriptive writing that creates an image in the reader's head of what is happening. While reading these lines, the reader is able to visualize the large buzzard, pecking at the eyelids of his prey.

Lastly, personification is being used here in the final line. When it says, "Making sure death has its way," the writer is giving human-like qualities to the concept of death by treating it as though it is a stubborn person, who is being helped by the buzzard to get its way. This shows that it is not the buzzard really who is committing this killing, but the nature of life and death (survival instinct), that is simply using the buzzard to carry on its process.

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