Identify poetic devices in "A Doctor's Journal Entry" by Vikram Seth. 

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Vikram Seth's poem "A Doctor's Journal Entry" depicts the aftermath of an atomic bomb explosion. The speaker, who at the beginning of the poem lies in bed looking at "shimmering leaves and shadows," suddenly sees magnesium flares and the world crashing in around him and his wife. The distinct imagery and language provides the reader with an image-ridden picture of the speaker's world as it came crashing down around him. 

Personification- "The morning stretched calm." Here, the morning is personified. Personification is where a non-human / non-living thing is given human characteristics. In this opening line of the poem, the morning is able to stretch calmly. Not only does this personify the morning, it provides the reader with a very distinct (and most likely familiar) image: stretching in the morning. 

Alliteration- "Of shimmering leaves and shadows. Suddenly." Alliteration is the repetition of a consonant sound. In this line, "s" is repeated. 

Metaphor- "I saw the shadowy forms of people, some / Were ghosts, some scarecrows, all were wordless dumb." Here, the speaker is comparing one image to another (that of people to ghosts/scarecrows). This comparison helps readers to create a mental image of how the people were walking around after the attack. 
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