What are some of the literary elements in the poem "Barter" by Sara Teasdale. What are some of the literary elements in the poem "Barter", by Sara Teasdale?

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Michael Ugulini eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the literary elements in the poem "Barter", by Sara Teasdale is the use of stanzas. The poem is divided into three stanzas and each one is six lines in length. Another literary element of the poem is the use of rhyme. For example, the pattern of the rhyme scheme, analyzing the first stanza is: abcbdd.

A third literary element of the poem is the use of repeating lines. The line:

     Life has loveliness to sell,

is the first line of the first stanza; it is also the first line of the second stanza.

Another literary element of the poem is the use of alliteration. An example is the line"

     And for your spirit's still delight,

Sara Teasdale

 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
In addition to repetition, the poem uses a metaphor. "Life has loveliness to sell" is personification, a type of metaphor where the object or idea is destined the way you'd description a person. Since the poem's title is about bartering, it is appropriate to talk about selling.