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Give a brief summary of the poem "White Stucco Dream" by Samuel Wagan Watson and identify a language device.

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Samuel Wagan Watson's "White Stucco Dreaming" speaks of a personal recollection of his life as a youth in the 1970s. Given a summary of the poem has been provided, the answer here will focus upon language devices.

Stylistically, the poem is written in free verse. Simplistically, free verse refers to the lack of rhyme and meter within a poem. Watson also uses enjambment, the lack of punctuation at the end of a poetic line. Here, one could align his use of enjambment with a steam of consciousness. Stream of consciousness, developed by James Joyce and Edouard Dujardin, illustrates the internal thoughts and feelings of a speaker. By using enjambment, Watson shows how his own thoughts, in reflection, come back feverishly and (almost) instantaneously. Although the lines themselves are fragmented, the lack of punctuation highlights the fusion of thoughts into one constant moment.

The idea of reflection comes from Watson's use of past tense verbs. The opening word, "sprinkled," shows that the...

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Im not too sure but miss said that the last 3 lines of the poem is irony bacause in the whole poem he thinks that his childhood was happy but then the last 3 lines, he realised that he was trapped like a cocoon by police cars around the street.

oxymoron: happy dark

written in free verse